The EASIER way to Happiness – Part 2 – Attitude and Action

by | Jun 24, 2013 | Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Relationships (Self and Others)

It’s been two weeks since ‘Part 1: Engage and enjoy’. How well have you been able to stay in the moment, and appreciate and celebrate what is right in front of you? How much difference has it made? If you answered “well” to question number one, you have likely answered, “big” to question number two. Choosing to be happy in this moment, right now, even when things aren’t ‘pretty’ is the most powerful thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones. A happier you, means more of you to go around.

So, now that we have taken that first critical step to being happy, let’s get on with the next part…

Part 2: Attitude and Action

Your Key Steps Coaching for the week ahead:

1. Attitude. Cultivate optimism. Develop the habit of seeing the positive side of things. You needn’t become a Pollyanna — after all, unfortunate things do happen. It would be unwise to pretend otherwise. But you don’t have to let the negatives colour your whole outlook. If you’re not an optimistic person by nature, it may take time for you to change your thinking, just take one step at a time and always take…

2. Action. Start by recognising negative thoughts as you have them. Then take a step back and ask yourself these key questions:

•    Is the situation really as bad as I think?
•    Is there another way to look at the situation?
•    What can I learn from this experience that I can use in the future?

Christopher Peterson, PhD of the University of Michigan—who has studied optimism’s link to health for over 20 years—shows optimistic people have a stronger immune system than their negative counterparts. This may be due to their tendency to take better care of themselves. Choose to be happy now and you’ll have more days of good health to enjoy and more opportunities to…

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Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’