Coca-Cola Really Does Sell Happiness

One aspect of the emergence of positive psychology and the trendiness of happiness has been to see businesses incorporating happiness into their business models.  Zappos’ business is based on “Delivering Happiness,” Huggies has it’s “be happy” campaign and Coca-Cola’s “Open Happiness” video commercials have been hugely successful. At least in the case of Coca-Cola, their […]

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Running with the Dead

Photo Credit: Chad McDonald via Compfight The headquarters of my company (Starwood Hotels and Resorts) recently relocated to a beautiful part of Stamford, Connecticut.  Our new offices happen to be located adjacent to a cemetery, where I sometimes go running on my lunch break. I’m not sure what the etiquette is of running through a […]

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How to Have a PERMA-Vacation!

If you clicked this link because you thought I would teach how to have a “PERMANENT” vacation, then you misunderstood.  But what I’m offering you is even better. PERMA is the acronym described by Martin Seligman, one of the top researchers in positive psychology, for the ingredients of a flourishing life: Positive emotions—experiencing happiness, joy, […]

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Juggling with One Ball

Photo Credit: Mark Probst via Compfight Mindfulness and self-control are like two sides of the same coin.  This is counterintuitive, because mindfulness is often described as “non-attachment” which sounds like it is more about letting go of control–letting things be as they are without judgment. The problem is that this state of non-judgmental awareness does […]

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Stress and Vulnerability

Photo Credit: a n i. Y. via Compfight April is “Stress Awareness Month” as sponsored by the “Health Resource Network” and April 16th specifically (the day after Tax Day) is “National Stress Awareness Day” in the United States. When I first heard about these “holidays,” I thought it was pretty ridiculous.  I think it’s safe […]

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