i was talking to a student about cars. after a breakdown, his day just got worse. the pickup truck was late, the garage was slow, the insurance took ages, it cost time and money. negative things compunded and he remembers them all. he said, one negative thing brought on many others.
i remembered the time my car was broken into, along with many others, outside the hospital where my mum was, and i had my coat stolen. it seemed my day could have gone as his. however, after 2 minutes of "anger" i changed my thinking to how lucky i am not to be wandering the streets with nothing better to do, how grateful for my parents for my upbringing and wondered what i can do to help others less fortunate. my day was improved, and not spoiled by the experience, and i chose to stay happy. my memory, as clear as his, is positive :-)
if someone asks you how your day is - do you reply "so,so" or "crap" or "fantastic" ? does your response change your day ? if crap is 1 and fantastic is 10, on a scale, and you could only choose 1 or 10 - which would you choose?
is today the happiest day of your life? are you prepared to let it be the happiest day of your life? can you wake up and let your first thought be "today is going to be the happiest day of my life".?
21.5 - ( c 10.00 ) breakfast at post-hof cafe moedling, walk around burg leichtenstein to schwarz turm. lunch in echtzeit ( c 13.00 ) - see you there
23.5 porgy and bess "Hi guys, want to remind u that this Saturday 23rd MAY @ the PORGY & BESS from 23hur.....the TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN will kick off with a great deal of SOUL,,,dont miss it..... OLA!" tickets at door?
30.5 - Victoria and James Party , Tirolerhof. from 4pm til late , prior notice, RSVP
Mr Happy - a great book read many times to Vincent
teaching english, developed a module on Happiness in 2007 - how to define measure compare and increase happiness
end 2008 - Happiness as the major economic driver of 21st century, a debate. an event.
Future Proof Yourself , a handbook... defines happiness as one of 4 major factors to secure your future against a world turning upside down
talked about Chief Happiness Officers in companies, tasked with happiness of staff, would predict an immediate rise in output from the message that the appointment of such a person would give to morale.
refine Happiness Coaching concept in 2009, May - work the model with a student, define 3 clear objectives to increase happiness by 10 percentage points
8th May - sell a coaching session, delivered on 12th May. Sceptical student, paid up, and then wrote next day saying "the coaching was good, i feel super today - no idea why but is true"
ongoing refinement. plan to use Happiness Coaching with people and organisations in order to reduce stress problems. A happy person is better able to cope with daily stress, is healthier, more productive, and mor successful. Will work complementary coaching with Moni who comes from systemic coaching background and with a different approach for stress management.
i can see that this leads naturally into more work with kids using the mr men books to discuss and understand emotions and personality types .., mr happy , mr rush ( how do you feel when you rush, or someone rushes you ) mr nosey, mr greedy etc....
problem - graffiti in park solution 1 - paint over it problem - came back solution 2 - move the seats forward, and plant trees in front of the wall. a really impressive and green creative solution to a messy local problem :-)