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There is an abundance of research on happiness and gratitude.

I’ve made a personal study of it and here are some of my favorite facts and inspirational thoughts on happiness and gratitude.  Enjoy!:

Happy people generally are more forgiving, helpful, and charitable, having better self-control, and are more tolerant of frustration than unhappy people.

 A 30 percent increase in one spouse’s happiness boosts the other spouse’s happiness, while a drop in one spouse’s happiness drags the other down.

 Yeats:  “We are happy when we are growing.”

 Did you know that the brain is stimulated by surprise?

 Samuel Jackson: “The business of the wise man is to be happy”.

 Research shows that acting in an outgoing, talkative, adventurous or assertive way makes people- even introverts-feel happier.

 Making and sticking to a decision is a source of happiness because it gives you a sense of control, of efficacy, of responsibility.

 At time of financial stress, taking control of your finances- even symbolically- can boost your mood because you’re taking steps to control and improve your situation.

 Gratitude is important to happiness.  Studies show that consistently grateful people are happier and more satisfied with their lives; they even feel more physically healthy and spend more time exercising.

 Gratitude fosters forbearance- it’s harder to feel disappointed with someone when you are feeling grateful toward him or her.

 Gratitude connects you to the natural world, because one of the easiest things to feel grateful for is the beauty of nature. 

 Studies show that happier people are more likely to help other people.

Happier people are more interested in social problems.  They do more volunteer work and contribute more to charity.

 One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy.

One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself!

 Publius Syrus: “No man is happy who does not think himself so”

Saint Therese:  I take care to appear happy and especially to be so.”

 A small child typically laughs more than four hundred times a day, and an adult- seventeen times. 

Laughter can boost immunity and lower blood pressure and cortisol levels and increases people’s tolerance for pain. 

 Often a laughter response to someone’s  exasperation turns the situation around.  A story from Saint Therese:  p.264 The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

 Tolstoy: ” Nothing, can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”

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Today is the birthday of Mohatma Gandhi, India’s spiritual and political leader in the early 1900s. He helped India win independence from Great Britain through a policy of nonviolent civil disobedience, a policy imitated in the 1960s by Martin Luther King, Jr. Today I attended a community Anti-Bullying Rally and the Superintenent of Freeport (Long Island) public schools led us in a wonderful meditation. Be Peace!

The meditation was about creating and sustaining inner peace and joy so that we can weather storms around us without “losing it” .  The rally was in beautiful Zion Cathedral ,  the meditation a bit unusual and totally appropriate given by an educator and community leader.  The  rally-morning was even more special coming on the heels of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashonah,  that is very meditative, and of course full of prayers for peace.

My colleagues Richard Kebanoff and Jordan Silver are currently producing the documentary “BULLYCIDE: The voice of Complicity that I am proud to be having a small interview in as a certified anger management specialist.

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"To get something done is an accomplishment.

To get something done right is an achievement.

Aim for success, not perfection!

The tragedy of life isn't not reaching your goals.

The tragedy lies in not having written goals to reach.

Behind every successful person are many failures.

Believe in unlimited potential.

There will never be a better time to begin than right now.

The first person who has to believe in you is you!

Failure is only an opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity."

via Jerry Siegel jerry@jasbmanagement.com

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It’s tricky to know when to let go and  make confident choices to continue, restart or  toss.  Below are four strategies to attain and maintain emotional flexibility:

  • Non-attachment to outcome (Zen philosophy) is as important as getting started and doing our best on the path to reaching desired outcome-goals.
  • Practice detachment so that you will see when things aren’t worth pursuing, when it’s time to release and let go.
  • EFT (read morehttp://www.balanceandpower.com/eft ) is an enormously helpful tool in mastering these often challenging processes.
  • Seek support and a brainstorming-venting soundboard to explore your choices-prioritizing-focus issues.  I offer a FREE twenty minutes phone consultation to create a customized coaching program with you.  My coaching is via phone-email or face-to-face one to one and small group sessions in Baldwin, Long Island, N.Y. and groups on your site.  eileen@balanceandpower.com 516 623 4353.

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One of my favorite authors of philosophical fiction is Paulo Coelho. If you’ve read The Alchemist- or not- I encourage any philosopher to read all dozen + of his fiction masterpieces.

I’m now reading “Brida.”   It’s consistently amzing to me is how the author understands women so well…

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Inspirational Power Quotes
Success
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein
Imagination creates endless possibilities… Imagination + creativity +intuition + knowledge = success.
Taking Action
“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers
Yes, I agree. Movement is instrumental to progress and being “run over”.
Perseverance- Or?
“It’s always too early to quit.” Norman Vincent Peale
OK- I think we all agree that before “quitting”, explore all options. And, to be aware of “the tipping point”. Sometimes, it’s indicated “to quit”. Before quitting, if it’s a project or action you are passionate about, brainstorm with a coach!
Choice
“Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” Dr. Wayne Dyer
Yes, discernment comes with maturity and experience. Meditate before choosing…

Centering

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. -Henry David Thoreau

Oh yes… and when your energy is down, or the weather isn’t cooperating, a quiet time and stretch-breathwork is a great way to start the day!

Love
“Bearing and nurturing,
Creating but not owning,
Giving without demanding,
Controlling without authority,
This is love.”
Tao Te Ching, Chapter 10
This is love of a person, family and a formula for successful relationship and team building within any context.

Love
Love never claims, it ever gives; love never suffers, never resents; never revenges itself. Where there is love there is life; hatred leads to destruction.”
Mahatma Ghandi
We strive to be/do this.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
Rumi
…and love will come. Be open and accepting; it will find you.

You yourself, as much as anybody in the universe, deserve your love and affection.” The Buddha
Self love must come first and more will follow.

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Resilience defined in Webster’s New World Dictionary © 1982:
1. “springing back into shape, position, etc. after being stretched, bent or compressed.”
2. “recovering strength, spirits, etc. quickly.”

Being resilient in body, mind and spirit is key to being happy and successful in all areas of life. Emotionally, it’s the opposite of being “stuck in a rut” and it’s about being positive. Physically, it can translate to strength and flexibility. Spiritually it can indicate faith with the ability to maintain hope in tumultuous times. It’s about staying centered and grounded and making “right” choices.

So, you may be asking yourself, how does one maintain emotional-spiritual equilibrium and resiliency when things can be unpredictable and often in crisis mode? It’s not easy, and takes some work. It’s easy to create positive patterns and habits when life is going smoothly. It can be quite challenging while being swept away by negative forces. A good mentor/coach and practice is important, and the practice will create a “spill-over” effect into life situations.

Many people, including myself, have learned how to be more resilient. There are skill sets of meditation, relaxation breathing, visualization and “tapping” that all add into helping an individual maintain focus and be positive. Exercising, eating healthfully and having healthy relationships are naturally fortifying. Most people are not born resilient, but do have the capacity to learn how to be this way
You are the only one who can control your attitude. By focusing on what is strong and enduring and seeing your potential, you can take calculated risks and overcome challenges. It takes an open, creative mind free from anxiety to pick up on opportunities. They are out there ready to be accessed by your positive and resilient radar.

You are the only one who can control your attitude. By focusing on what is strong and enduring and seeing your potential, you can take calculated risks and overcome challenges. It takes an open, creative mind free from anxiety to pick up on opportunities. They are out there ready to be accessed by your positive and resilient radar. Being resilient in body, mind and spirit is key to being happy and successful in all areas of life. Emotionally, it’s the opposite of being “stuck in a rut” and it’s about being positive. Physically, it can translate to strength and flexibility. Spiritually it can indicate faith with the ability to maintain hope in tumultuous times. It’s about staying centered and grounded and making “right” choices.

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