24 Invigorating Paths to Well-Being

In every single person, relationship, team, or organization, there is something that works.  What’s working within you or an important relationship?  What’s right in your team or organization?  Whatever that something is, there are bound to be personal strengths playing a lead role.

When thinking about strengths, we often think of achievement-based strengths – things we do well in school or at work like writing, problem solving, or strategic thinking. … Read more

Positive Change in 5 Simple Steps

I like to watch a good, trashy TV show occasionally.  Recently, I became engrossed in The Bachelorette.  I know that there are healthier and more enriching ways to relax, like going for a walk or reading a good book.  Numerous times I even picked up a book, attempting to make a positive change.  But I ended up watching almost every episode during this past “Andi and Josh” season.… Read more

24 Fun Ways to Celebrate the International Day of Happiness

Happy International Day of Happiness!  Tomorrow – March 20 – is the official date.  Please help me spread the word by sharing this message with others in your network. 

The International Day of Happiness was established by the United Nations in 2012 to 1) recognize the pursuit of happiness as a basic human goal and 2) acknowledge its importance in public policy objectives. … Read more

A Tribute to Abigail: Resilience in Action

Below is a tribute to Abigail, published with permission from her mom, dad, and sister – all extraordinary examples of resilience and its impact in the world. 

I’d like to share with you a true story about resilience.  It’s not a list of things that resilient people do or traits of resilient people.  Instead, it’s a tribute to Abigail, a 16-year-old girl who embodied resilience, and the incredible ripple effect that her too-short life had in the world.… Read more

Create New Year’s Habits To Enjoy Lasting Change

Enjoy lasting, positive changes in your life by creating New Year’s Habits rather than a New Year’s Resolution. 

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Happy New Year!

Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year?  Whether you did or not, you’re probably familiar with the most common ones.  Lose weight.  Get organized.  Spend less.  Save more.  Stay healthy.  Fall in love. … Read more

3 Ways to “Happy Up” Your Holidays

Treat yourself to a calmer, more joyful, and meaningful holiday season.

The holiday season is here in all its splendor!  The anticipation, the sparkly lights, the religious rituals, family traditions, favorite recipes and special songs.  The stalking mall shoppers for their parking spots, door-busting deals at 2 a.m. and long ‘to do’ lists.

Our lists seem to grow longer and more onerous each year as we squeeze working, shopping, planning meals, cleaning, wrapping, traveling, socializing and more into our already packed calendars.… Read more

With Gratitude For You

Thank you for being part of this blog community. 

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Tomorrow, we Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving, a day historically devoted to giving thanks for the bounty of the harvest.  It’s one of my favorite holidays.  Those of you who reside in other countries have a different holiday schedule, so you might be working or doing other things.… Read more

“Permission To Be Human”

Raising positivity isn’t always the answer.  Sometimes the answer is giving ourselves “permission to be human.”

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Life is hard, sometimes devastating.  Too many people around the world can attest to that, from those in Washington, Illinois to the Philippines, whose lives were forever altered recently by heartbreaking natural events. … Read more

Wow Factor of Positivity

Compelling facts about positivity provide a ‘wow factor.’  

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“There’s actually no ‘wow factor’ here.”

The statement came from Tal Ben-Shahar, lead faculty, during  our first 1-week study immersion.  After sitting through 8 hours of daily lecture for three intense days in a row, I found myself daydreaming. … Read more

When You Need Creative Solutions Fast – Part 2

When you need creative solutions fast, first cultivate positive emotions.  Learn more about the important connection between positivity and creativity.    

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In the first part of this blog post, I introduced a simple experiment developed by Barbara Fredrickson, world-renowned researcher on positive emotions. … Read more