Unlock the Secret to Happiness

Gratitude leads to happiness, psychological and physical well-being.

Gratitude is the fast track to happiness and positive well-being. It can be a natural antidepressant. According to studies in neuroscience, there are certain circuits that are activated and strengthened when we write down and share our gratitude.

Robert Emmons and Mike McCullough are two leading researchers on the topic of gratitude. Here is what they found: In one experiment, the group of people who kept weekly gratitude journals had significantly better results on a range of psychological and physical well-being measures than the people in either of two comparison groups. The people writing in the gratitude journal exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week than the other two groups (who recorded hassles in one group or neutral life events in the other). Journaling is truly beneficial in so many ways. Oprah says that starting an a gratitude journal is the single most powerful decisions that she has ever made.

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10 tips to Increase Vulnerability-Based Trust in Life and in the Workplace

Being vulnerable and truly open with another human being is where the best teamwork and connections happen. Patrick Lencioni, author of Five Dysfunctions of a Team, explains vulnerability-based trust as the willingness to be completely open with one another and confident that your team member’s intentions are good. Vulnerability-based trust lies in the heart of high functioning, cohesive teams. Being vulnerable can be difficult and frightening. Brené Brown, author of “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead,” shares this about being vulnerable:
 
Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” — Brené Brown

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My Ego Said No, Don’t Do It.

Vulnerability is one of the most challenging traits to develop. Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, writes that in order to grow and evolve, one of the most critical behaviors that leaders and teams must develop is vulnerability trust.

In theory it sounds easy, but in reality it is very hard to do. Exposing ourselves to being vulnerable is often difficult because our ego says, “No way, no how. I am not going to do that and you can’t make me. I won’t show others THAT part of me.”

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My Co-Worker is Driving Me Nuts!

7 Effective People Strategies To Help You Cope

I met with a business leader today who was sharing his recent successes with me. The growth he had achieved this past year was amazing! Through our work together on the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team he really came to understand the power of a team and what it meant to put his executive leadership team first. With gratitude he told me, “I now know that I have my teammates’ backs and they have mine.” Then the mood changed …

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10 Tips to Cultivate Positivity & Celebrate Life

The New Year brings changes and opportunities for growth. Many of us set resolutions and goals to be better versions of ourselves. We may make personal goals to eat more healthfully, exercise more frequently, or be more generous and patient. Professionally, we set goals to increase business, build a better team or provide better customer experience. At work or at home, our attitude toward our goals and others fuels us to make lasting changes and meet our challenges.

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Happiness: The Key to a Long Life

This time of year there is a lot of talk about being grateful and spreading joy. No matter what holiday your family celebrates, it is almost always preceded by the word “Happy” when wishing another a Happy Holiday. We all know that we feel better when we have some degree of happiness in our lives.

What Does the Doctor Prescribe? Happiness.

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8 Tips for Handling Healthy Conflict

Conflict: A big word with big connotations. Studies show managers waste 6 to 8 weeks per year dealing with conflict. Many people hear the word conflict and picture a battle of some sort. I have learned through living that you can be soft and still be heard, you can be kind to get your point across and you do not have to be a bully to resolve a problem to your liking.

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Four Real Reasons Generosity is Good for You

“Happiness … consists in giving, and in serving others” – Henry Drummond. These words ring so true to me, for it is in the practice of giving that we also gain so much.

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Five Ideas To Build Transparency and Trust

Most people love surprises – except when it is in a workplace that involves unknowns, instability and lack of communication. Transparency that fosters trust is the foundation of positive personal relationships. So how do we improve trust and transparency? I have collected a few of my favorite recent blog posts that highlight the benefits of trust and transparency in the workplace.

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In Life and In Baseball: Embrace the Triangle

Look around you. Triangles are everywhere. You will find them in bridges, buildings, in the frame of a bicycle and on the playground. Triangles bring strength to structures. Why? Triangles form incredibly strong structures because all three sides bear the load. It is the teamwork that makes them strong.

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