May 2017

Scientifically, happiness is a choice

Here are some more reflections from the WPO conference on May 4, 2017 from  keynote speaker, Shawn Achor

I was always told it is very hard to break a habit. Listen to “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor on the TED talk:

“Scientifically, happiness is a choice,” Achor says. He explains that research has shown you can rewire your brain to make yourself happy by practicing simple happiness exercises every day for three weeks.

He says you can rewire your brain to make yourself happy by practicing simple happiness exercises.

And within 30 days, those habits change the neuropath ways of our brains and turn us into lifelong optimists.

  1. Gratitude Exercises. Write down three things you’re grateful for that occurred over the last 24 hours. They don’t have to be profound. It could be a really good cup of coffee or the warmth of a sunny day.
  2. The Doubler. Take one positive experience from the past 24 hours and spend two minutes writing down every detail about that experience. As you remember it, your brain labels it as meaningful and deepens the imprint.
  3. The Fun Fifteen. Do 15 minutes of a fun cardio activity, like gardening or walking the dog, every day. The effects of daily cardio can be as effective as taking an antidepressant.
  4. Meditation. Every day take two minutes to stop whatever you’re doing and concentrate on breathing. Even a short mindful break can result in a calmer, happier you.
  5. Conscious act of kindness. At the start of every day, send a short email or text praising someone you know. Our brains become addicted to feeling good by making others feel good.
  6. Deepen Social Connections. Spend time with family and friends. Our social connections are one of the best predictors for success and health, and even life expectancy.

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Women Presidents Annual Conference- Orlando, Florida

It has been a while since I wrote.  Last week I was at the Annual Women Presidents Organization annual conference and was once again blown away at the energy this conference generates in its members.

I met people from at least 8 countries and shared experiences,  let some random cartoonist do a caricature of me, threw on some silly accessories and posed with Ed and Juli Betwee, our Chapter Chair, and even danced.

with Juli Betwee and other chapter chairs
Julie Moreland, Nancy Geenen, Juli Betwee and Judith Goldkrand
With Juli chapter chair in St Louis, Ed Messerly and Juli Betwee
Mother and Daughter team: Cindy Groux and Alexis
Shanthi Rajaram CEO of her IT firm Amazech.
Getting our caricatures done

These 2 talented women each run a niche manufacturing business: Michele Sutton, (to my right) , CEO of Ready to Grow Greens, which distributes innovative pre-made floral greens products and Christy Winter, to my left, CEO of Aptations, manufacturer of elegant mirror designs for bathrooms in hotels.


There were some great key note addresses:

Three excellent key note speakers: I particularly liked Shawn Achor on the Happiness Advantage and the youngest keynote speaker Maya Penn. It is worth a listen:

  1. The Engagement Economy: Jane McGonigal from game and research development for  Institute of the Future.

  1. The Happiness Advantage: Shawn Achor

  1. Maya Penn – CEO/Founder Activist Philanthropist.


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