Written by Julie Cohen

WORDS THAT INSPIRE A monthly quick shot to motivate you, in less than 45 seconds, from Julie Cohen Coaching

What is your PASSION?

Dictionary*says: strong liking for or devotion to some activity, object or concept; object of desire or deep interest; love.

What it REALLY means: doing something or believing in something that matters to you; making choices based on something that energizes you and excites you; one ofrepparttar reasons you enjoy getting up inrepparttar 147244 morning and doing what you do.

Why it MATTERS? Incorporating PASSION into your life and work feels good. Excitement replaces drudgery; Meaningful replaces ‘so what?’; ‘Want to’ replaces ‘should do’.

Questions that INSPIRE: •What is your PASSION? What action, belief, vision or object excites and interests you? •What would it feel like if this PASSION was a part of your life every day? •How is that feeling different from now? •What one step can you take today which will make your PASSION more a part of your life or your work?

A Model of Happiness

Written by Kevin Eikenberry

Everyone I've ever met considers happiness to be desirable. There is a whole wing of psychology called "positive psychology" studying things like happiness. One ofrepparttar luminaries of this field is Dr. Martin Seligman, who wrote both Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness. His group publishes a newsletter called Authentic Happiness Coaching Newsletter.

The most recent issue of this newsletter discusses a Model of Happiness developed by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky and others. This model describes our happiness as coming from three components.

Our Set Point (50%). This is our natural happiness state. We all know people who seem to always be happy, and others who seldom laugh or seem joyful.

Circumstances (10%) Our life circumstances also influence our happiness. Things like winningrepparttar 146916 lottery or spraining our ankle both influence our happiness, but typically over a short time period. Humans are very adaptable and so major boosts or dips in our happiness are generally short lived.

Intentional Activity (40%). For this description, let me quote fromrepparttar 146917 newsletter. "The term intentional activities refers to those thoughts and behaviors that require effort. This effort may be apparent only to us (for example, making a list of goals forrepparttar 146918 week) or it may be visible to others (for example, doing a favor for a friend). They suggest that intentional activities arerepparttar 146919 key to making lasting changes in happiness because such activities are more resistant to adaptation (the process by which we get used to something and become unaffected by it). We can deliberately engage in activities that make us happy while varying them enough to ward off adaptation."

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