Category

happiness
19
Oct

Happiness Delivered

I have invested a lot of energy spreading the word of how to apply the findings in positive psychology – specifically the science of optimism and happiness – to daily life and business success. On Wednesday, October 20, 2010 I will be presenting a book on the morning show AM Arizona that recounts the story...
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27
Aug

Superstition and Happiness

Today I was engaged in an interesting conversation with a client about superstition — holding them and what that means relative to your belief in God and Einstein’s proposition that there are two kinds of people in the world — those who believe the world is a friendly place and those who believe the world...
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12
Aug

Time Vampires

It’s summer and I know I could possibily have found a more joyful way to invest a Sunday afternoon, yet the level of satisfaction I got from filing a pile of papers that dated back as far as 2008 really did give me a lot of satisfaction.  I know, yet again another sign that what...
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14
Jul

The Change Is Good

Many have asked how I can maintain my positive perspective given the erratic state of affairs in all areas of our lives and the world.  My answer can be easiest explained by a real life example.  What follows is an portion of a newsletter from Honeybee Capital written by Honeybee’s founder Katherine Collins.  Katherine may...
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18
May

Out of Office Auto-Reply

I am going to Barcelona for a week!  We are calling it a ‘revenge trip’.  We are going courtesy of all the ‘points’ we accumulated financing our failed business.  Trust me, I do hope this is a ‘trip of a lifetime.’  I will be electronically disconnected and a smile comes on my face just thinking about it.  Of...
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19
Apr

Stamp Out Small Talk

It seems that science is confirming. Lots of little conversations about other people’s small annoyances in life – or you sharing every detail of your daily annoyances in life – make you less happy. Now from the things I hear people tell me about their level of happiness, few – very few – can afford...
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06
Apr

Natural Behaviors Part 3 or 3

A few weeks ago I wrote several pieces on natural behaviors and how the Everything DiSC self-assessment can help you organize your knowledge about yourself for greater success. Obviously, I am a great advocate of the use and understanding of self-assessment tools. Why else would I invest 25 years learning about them, focusing on a...
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26
Mar

Smiles and Marriage

December 10th, 2009 by happier.com Researchers Measure Smiles to Predict Who Stays Married The December 13th New York Times Magazines features this piece by Jeff Stryker Say cheese and stay married? Yes, according to Matthew Hertenstein, a psychology professor at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. He and three colleagues recruited more than 600 people for...
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23
Mar

How Funny Saves Marriages

Thank You to Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener for the following article. At a recent family gathering my wife wore a T-shirt that read “I moved a heavy piece of furniture, ask me how!” And when my large brother-in-law asked her “how” she recruited him to move the furniture! My wife is, as you might have guessed,...
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04
Mar

In Honor of SeaWorld’s Dawn Bracheau

In a December 2009 blog post, and on the December 2009 segment of AM Arizona, I featured a book, Whale Done Parenting. It is a story and guidebook of how to apply the positive psychology techniques used to train orcas at SeaWorld to the development of children. Last week an experienced, devoted trainer of SeaWorld...
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