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Happy People Monitor Their Thoughts

The concept that we can manage our thoughts to change how we feel baffles most people. Consistently happy minded individuals, however, either innately or purposefully, do just that. They know that life’s circumstances are not in their control, but how they respond to events is always a choice. This isn’t to suggest that these folks […]

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

The holidays are here! For many people this is the most wonderful time of the year, for others, it is a time of stress and overload. Most folks fall somewhere in the middle of the continuum. If you are more on the “Bah, Humbug!” end of the scale and are interested in savoring the holiday […]

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Feasting on Gratitude

Thanksgiving is almost here! I love everything about this holiday, especially the intention – giving thanks. Surrounded by family, good friends and food, it is easy to have an attitude of gratitude for what matters most. But, what if we could extend the Thanksgiving mind set and binge on gratitude all year long? How different […]

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The Three B’s Technique

October….the kids are nestled into a school routine, the leaves are changing, the holidays are just around the corner and, for some of us, overwhelm is looming on the horizon! But wait, what if things could be different this year? What if you could look at everything that you think needs to get done in […]

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What’s Your WHY?

WHY?  Small word.  Powerful question.  As parents, we often pose this question to our children: “Why did you hit your brother?” “Why did you color on the wall?”  The responses they give will be vague: “Because he took my toy!”  “Because I wanted to!”  Children don’t know the reason behind their behavior; their actions are […]

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A Morning Ritual – Who Has Time For That???

A few years ago, I would have chuckled at the thought of having a morning ritual. Who had time for that?  Don’t these people have things TO DO?  Don’t they have families, jobs, and a house to maintain?  I know I did and I wasn’t spending any of my precious time on frivolous things like […]

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Accessing the Power of Gratitude

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. But […]

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The Importance of Acceptance

Remember the song, “Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down? Well, I’m actually OK with Mondays, or even one rainy day, but string a couple gloomy days together and my energy level and productivity take a nose dive.  It was during one of these recent doldrums that I contemplated why I couldn’t just accept […]

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Approaches to Goal Setting

There’s something about a new year, a clean slate, if you will, that entices many of us to plan positive changes in our lives.  Some of us will make our resolutions permanent, while others will forget them before the Valentine’s Day candy hits the shelves.  Is success just a matter of strong will or perseverance?  […]

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Judgment

Judgment.  This topic comes up in almost every coaching session.  I’m not talking about judgment in the biblical sense, I’m referring to the human propensity to judge and be judged by others.  Unfortunately, this common activity has negative effects on both the giving and receiving side of the equation. We all partake in judging others […]

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