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Guesthouse Emotions

Never give the Master Bedroom to emotions that belong in the Guest House (at best!). Listen, we all have bad days, moods, fits, impulses to…

Expectancy Effect: Make it Your Ally, Not Your Foe

The “Expectancy Effect” is the phenomenon by which folk’s perceptions and behavior change as a result of their or others prior beliefs i.e. expectations. It…

Seeking Failure

Why would anyone seek failure? Well, absent situations with catastrophic consequences (packing your parachute?), failure often contains valuable feedback, lessons that can form the foundation…

Positive Reappraisal: Far More Than Optimism

While re-framing, optimism, and positivity all are aspects of positive reappraisal, at its heart positive reappraisal is much more. Properly done, positive reappraisal is a…

Does Happiness Take Work?

The short answer is: “Yes, sometimes, even often.” Why? Because our impulses, our intuitions, our social conditioning around what will make us happy are all…

Happiness Takes Work

No matter what our life circumstances, there are things for which to be grateful, to be thankful. Think not? Imagine seriously for a moment all…

The World is a Giant Mirror

The world is a giant mirror, reflecting back the attitudes, energy, and behaviors you choose to broadcast. Don’t like what you see? Change what you…

3 Important Life Hacks We All Say We Know but Few Actually Do

Happiness is a choice: But not always an easy one. It requires that you discipline your mind and decide to walk on the sunny side…

Taking the Kindness Challenge: Can You Become a Kindness Factory?

How do we make “kindness the norm”? One way is by starting a “Kindness Log” where you record acts of kindness you have observed or…

Three High Leverage Psychological Skills Happy People Cultivate

A Love of Learning is one of the highest leverage habits one can adopt for it strengthens and supports all other areas of your life.…

Think like there is no box

All too often it is our own thinking that hurts us the most. Self-imposed beliefs about what we are capable of, artificial limits about what…

The Greatest Gift of All

The greatest gift you can give is a gift to yourself. Why to yourself? Because you cannot give to others what you do not have…

Sounds Like a First World Problem

The first time I heard the phrase “Sounds Like a First World Problem” it struck me like a sledgehammer. Most of my “worries” were pretty…

Your Inner Roommate

You have someone living inside your head and it is important to remember it is NOT you. Your inner roommate is a good way to…

Own Your Frequency

Your “Frequency” is just an interesting way of describing your energy levels; the enthusiasm and eagerness with which you approach life, the intensity with which…

You Need a PET

No, I’m not talking about a furry four-legged mammal though you may benefit from one of those as well (personally I’ve had dogs most of…

Can Cautionary Words Become Discouraging Words?

Words carry weight and the message we intend to send is not always the message received. Supervisors often try to share “known failure paths” in…

Can You Find It? It’s Often Hidden Well but it’s Golden

Concealed within every failure, buried within every setback, lie clues toward the path forward, lessons to be pondered and treasured. Regrettably it is all too…

Seven Habits of Happy People

They monitor their self-talk; keep it positive, solution oriented. They choose companions in life that challenge them to be their best. They Release. They focus…

Doing the Duchenne Smile

The non-technical definition Duchenne smile is a genuine smile that comes straight from the heart, reflecting true joy or real happiness i.e., not a forced…

What Do You Track?

Do you keep track of the wrong things? The things that go wrong? The stuff that didn’t work out? Rejections, mistakes, slights, stumbles, and fumbles?…

HOT THOUGHTS, COOL THOUGHTS

You are programming your mind, day in and day out, whether or not you realize it. The thoughts you CHOOSE to think powerfully affect the…

Never Waste the Pain

Suffering will come into your life; grow from it, don’t waste it. Failure will happen; use it, learn from it, don’t waste it. Disappointments will…

Five Ways to Face Down Fears

Fears are NOT facts… but we can choose to turn our fears into the functional equivalent of facts when we act as if they are…

Believe People UP, not Down

Sometimes when you fear the worst in people, you can destroy the best. Our expectations of people powerfully impact their behavior, especially at the margin.…

Kissing the Wave

The phrase “Kissing the Wave” comes from a quote by the nineteenth-century British preacher Charles Spurgeon: “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”…

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