Aug 012017
 

Many people are talking about happiness at work and what benefits will keep your employees happy and engaged. Check out this article on what works. https://goo.gl/QPe1CF

My short list is:
1. Leaders that share and live the Vision of the company with employees.
2. A safe place to work and express your ideas. Micromanagement is out!
3. Thank you -individual expression of thanks to employees for specific things they have accomplished
4. Recognize your employee strengths and stop trying to “Fix” the 20% they don’t do well and encourage the 20% that is their true strengths.

Jul 202017
 

A friend recommended the book,  Younger Next Year, https://goo.gl/AbY6dW 

and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what Chris Crowley and Henry S Lodge, MD recommend to make your “next third” happy and more enjoyable. If you are looking to energize yourself and plan for retirement, check out this book. It truly can change your life! I am onboard with the plan and have already started to see some good results. Learning about the effects of exercise, your attitude and socialization can save your retirement from being a “slowing down” phase of your life to being the next great adventure! Check it out!

 

Jul 132017
 

I am excited to be attending the 5th World Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association #WCPP17 in Montreal and can’t wait to hear all the new research coming out of this growing discipline. In the meantime, check out this article from Andria Corso on common traits of truly happy people. Do you consider yourself happy?

 

Source: Common Traits of Truly Happy (and Successful) People | Andria Corso | Pulse | LinkedIn

May 302016
 

Are you one of those people that when the phone rings your first thought is Oh No, what is wrong, what has happened?. in this day and age of bad news all over social media and in the news it is hard not to have negative thoughts. This article gives some solid advice on how to turn your thoughts around and train yourself to push the negative thoughts away. Check it out and let me know if it which step works best for you!

If you are to stop negative thinking, it is imperative that you challenge your mind-set and cultivate behavior which accentuates positivity.

Source: How To Stop Negative Thinking: 6 Ways To Fine-Tune Your Mind

Feb 242015
 

I love this quote from Dolly Parton, “Don’t get so busy making a living you forget to have a life.”

Answer these questions and see if you are really living your life or just going through the motions:

  1. How many times did you laugh today? Do you know that children laugh on average about 300 times per day. Adults, maybe a dozen….
  2. What was the most fun thing you did all day? No, going to sleep doesn’t count…
  3. How many hugs did you give or get today? Hugging and human touch are so important for people’s well being. I don’t recommend you take this as an invitation to become some freaky “hugger” at the office! Take this as an invitation to hug the ones you love!

Try to answer these questions honestly and add a little fun in your life! Have a great day!

 

Aug 192014
 

Are you moving too fast? Have you forgotten how to enjoy life? Checkout this Ted Talk by Carl Honore’ on the Slowness Movement. I can not agree with Carl’s findings and strategies more. I too miss those days of being able to read to my kids and share in the bedtime ritual. If you have young kids, please view this video and be proactive about slowing down, they will not be kids forever! You only have one life to live – live it with intention and enjoy the moments. Carl Honore’ Praise of Slowness

Dec 232013
 

What is on your mind right now? What thoughts did you dwell on this week? What lingers in your mind when it wanders?

These are questions that become very important if you believe this quote from Buddha, “The Mind is everything. What you think you become.” As someone that works hard to create a positive life for myself and my family, I have to remind myself to rework my thoughts and strive to stop dwelling on the “noise”, and the negative and start focusing on positive thoughts.

My sister-in-law is a very positive person. She is intelligent, bubbly, funny and always has a smile on her face. Recently someone referred to her as “Pollyanna” and she did not know the reference. As kids, my sister and I loved the Disney Pollyanna movie starring Haley Mills. Even though the movie came out in 1960, the lessons this young girl brings to a town are still relevant and important in today’s world. The “game” she plays requires you to come up with something positive about each situation even if it is horrible. I think we should have our news casters use this same technique when delivering the news.

Can’t you just imagine Matt Lauer, saying “The big story in the news today is that the unemployment rate has gone up to 13%, but on a positive note, that means there are more people available to do volunteer work.”  Ok, well I’m not as good at the game as Haley Mills was but you get the idea.

I know this won’t happen, but guess what? You can control your mind and play the “game” turning your thoughts from negative to positive. One way to do this is to write down three positive things each night before you go to bed that happened that today. This will focus your mind on gratitude and help you to displace those thoughts that are worrying you. Then in the morning, greet each day with positive thoughts and joy that you have a new day, a blank sheet to start with and to make things happen. This approach will help you to focus on positive thoughts and help you create the outcome you desire.

Many companies struggle with low morale among employees.  Employees are fearful they will lose their jobs or that the company will go out of business. Do you spend time in your company focused on the issues and the problems? How much time do you communicate when something good happens? Maybe you need a little bit more Pollyanna at work so your employees can see the good things happening.

Are you a Pollyanna? Do you think that taking these steps at work, with your family or just in your own mind can really help you to create a better life? I do. Give it a try.

If you have small children, I invite you to watch Pollyanna with them and plant those seeds for them.

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