Driven to Succeed, Prisoner of Success, Workaholic, or Someone Who Can’t Say ‘No’?

With the Labor Day Holiday approaching, we all think about a weekend of leisure, whether that means a slow-paced Friday through Monday of solitude and barbecues, or an action-packed one of friends, parties, and go-go-go!

What Labor Day means on the calendar, however, is that summer vacations are over, people are back in the office, and it’s time to get things accomplished.

As you contemplate the number of hours you’ll be spending on your work in the months ahead, do you dread the thought? Will you have a mountain of work to do, yet still take on more with a smile (maybe forced) on your face? Will people be pulling you in every direction?

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Today is World Sauntering Day

I am reminded by the folks over at Freakonomics (thanks Melissa Lafsky) that today is World Sauntering Day.

Yes, it’s one of those freaky (no pun intended) American holidays that originated in the 1970s when W.T. Rabe, a one-time publicist in Detroit, a director of public relations at Lake Superior State University, and manager of a hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan, created a publicity stunt to encourage visitors and resident of tthe island to saunter, and to enjoy the beauty around them. If you’ve ever been to Mackinac Island, you can see why Rabe’s campaign was so successful.

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Why Are We So Apprehensive About Showing Gratitude?

We’ve been shown evidence that people who experience feelings of thankfulness and appreciation in their lives also tend to be happy. Given this fact, why do we sometimes find it so difficult to express our gratitude?

How your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs, hinder your ability to show gratitude.

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Success is Getting What You Want; Happiness is Wanting What You Get

“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.” ~ Dale Carnegie

This profound quote has been repeated again and again over the years. But what does it mean, and how can you apply it in everyday life?

In its simplest form, this simply suggests that success comes from achievement and accomplishment, and happiness is attained from appreciating and feeling grateful for what you attain and where you are.

This sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? But problems arise because we often times don’t know what we want.

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