Can a Grateful Heart Save Your Life?

Can keeping a gratitude journal prevent you from having a heart attack? Several researchers have discovered a connection between gratitude and heart health and are digging deeper to discern the how and the how much. A significant body of research reveals a link between gratitude and physical health – think. . . .

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Do You Know More About Gratitude at Work Than a Fifth Grader?

I learned about the power of gratitude at work from a bunch of ten-year-olds. A strange thing happened at the beginning of what became my final year teaching middle school music. The new fifth graders thanked me. After every class. Sincerely and authentically. Thank you for teaching us. Thanks for. . . .

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Begin with Thanks

When I was a brand new coach, one of the first things I did was a lead group coaching course on gratitude. Two people signed up. I was thrilled. I taught and coached. They showed up fully and shared with courage and compassion. We learned. We grew. We supported one. . . .

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Why You Need a Personal User Manual

Do you have a Personal User Manual? You need one. What? I’m not some piece of IKEA furniture or a kid or pet being left with a sitter. Of course not. You’re a human being who interacts with others in order to accomplish important work in a world of rapid,. . . .

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Short-Term Coaching for Big-Time Impact

Is short-term coaching effective? It depends. Maybe you’re ready to invest in short-term coaching to help you figure out what’s next, craft a plan to make it happen, and/or navigate your journey, and of course, you want your efforts and investment to be effective. Call me biased, but my own. . . .

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Real Mindfulness

I have this story about myself about how, since I don’t practice “real” meditation, I not allowed to claim that I do the mindfulness thing. (As if there’s this omniscient, unseen Mindfulness Proctor who watches and evaluates us, right?) That story’s false, and it has been since at least sixteen. . . .

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In Praise of Contentment

When did contentment become less than enough? The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu may have considered contentment to be the greatest treasure, but in our fast-paced, achievement at all costs culture, it’s often viewed less positively. Don’t settle. Strive, struggle, work harder for more, bigger, faster. Level up your summer!. . . .

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Midlife equals crisis. Or not.

Midlife crisis is inevitable, right? To quote Gershwin, “it ain’t necessarily so.” What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “midlife?” I asked that on Facebook the other day, and at thirty-three replies and counting, got way more responses than the cutest bunny video I’ve. . . .

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Learning By Doing

Learning by doing is one of the best ways to get the clarity you need to make wise decisions. Maybe it’s from all the stories about how, when my grandparents were broke during the Great Depression, the neighbors would call my dad and his brothers in for after school snacks.. . . .

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Build Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth with Good Things, Gratitude and Joy

Whether you’re planting a garden or rebuilding a life, you’ll be more effective by using the right tool at the right time. Herb garden on a windowsill? You could poke holes in the soil with a pencil. Bulbs for next spring? A small trowel would do the trick. When it’s. . . .

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