Spark Joy: Declutter Your Mind

Queen of Declutter, Marie Kondo, suggests you hold up an item and ask yourself: Does this spark joy? If the answer is yes, keep it. Otherwise, toss or donate it. This works just as well for things that take up space in our heads. “Do we have to hang that in here? It’s scaring the…

Engagement at a Deathcore Concert

When you’re engaged in your work, whether you lead a rock band, sell tacos out of food truck, or manage a department of accountants, it shows up in how you show up each day

Conducting Your Personal Year-End Review

A year-end review helps you determine the source of your greatest joy and pain! If you don’t like where this year took you, good news: you can CHANGE it! And if you like where this year took you, good news: you can REPEAT it!

The Temptation of Easy

Yesterday I ran the Occoneechee Mountain Trail near my house. It’s not really a mountain as much as a series of switchbacks and a couple of moderately steep hills, the type that require me to scramble forward with my butt low and stuck out like I’m entering a Kardashian backside-lookalike contest. On the steepest ascent,…

Joy, Moment by Moment

Have you ever gone shopping at a crowded department store after a long day to buy clothes you don’t really want for an upcoming event that you dread attending?

First World Problems: The 4 Emotions of a Power Outage

Did you know that on any given day in America that a tornado, flood, fire, freak accident, hurricane, ice storm, or sinkhole knocks out the power to thousands of people? Even more disturbing, did you know that 1/4 of the Earth doesn’t know the annoyance or bitterness of losing power, because they’ve never had power or running water?

Joy: A Matter of Give and Take

Can you think of someone at work who’s like the Typhoid Mary of misery and negativity? These happiness-sucking individuals seem more zealous to create converts than any multilevel marketer. It’s like they get paid per each set of eyes they force down to the direction of the carpet. Just like you can create misery, you can also help ignite joy, happiness, and engagement.

Mastering Your Energy

Research has found that the average person spends 1 hour and 19 minutes each day: (1) angry, (2) in a foul mood, and/or (3) complaining. Over a lifetime, that equates to 3½ years! Since we all possess a finite amount of energy, the solution resides in learning to master our energy.

Joy Suckers

So last week, I had some very happy news to share. The nature of the news is less important than the context: HAPPY NEWS. Have you ever been really excited about something, but when you shared your great news, the feedback you received was less favorable than you expected? You buy the car you’ve had…

The Gift

The holidays are over. Unless you have a birthday or anniversary looming, don’t expect to receive many presents in the near future. But that’s okay. I’m not talking about material gifts. I’m talking about the freebies in life that you enjoy, the things that surround you RIGHT NOW. The other day I woke up with…