Category Archives: Happiness

Team Building The AMC Hut Croo Way

After a full, beautiful day of hiking the White Mountains in New Hampshire, my long-time friend Kevin (over 30 years!) and I reached our resting place for the night. We unslung our backpacks at Mizpah Spring Hut. An Appalachian Mountain Club hut is a ‘hut’ in name only. Located on Mount Pierce at 3,800 feet […]

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Try Something New: The Optimism Test

What happens when you try something new that is in some way challenging? How do you react you when you don’t quite get a new skill right away, or master a task? What do you tell yourself? These are questions I ask during our music team building programs, whether it’s Play the Blues, Rock Band […]

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How to Savor the Moment

The next time you get ready to drink something – whether it’s a beer, glass of water, juice, wine, pause to savor the moment. Use all of your senses to appreciate the impending taste. Pause and let go of anything else you’re thinking about, whether future or past or mundane – let it go. Block […]

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Charles Dickens Quest Quote – The March Choice

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens This reminds me of being a kid and curling up in those warm spots in the sun amongst dry, old leaves. Then walking […]

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Amygdala or Neocortex? Fear or Love? Which Path is the First Intelligence Taking?

The first intelligence is, according to the Persian poet Rumi, the “one acquired, as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts from books and from what the teacher says…you stroll with this intelligence in and out of fields of knowledge.” As with so many potentially helpful things, how you use it is more important […]

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How To Enjoy What You’re Doing

Slow down. It’s that simple. And that difficult! We can feel lost and overwhelmed while doing something for a variety of reasons. It may be the task itself that seems distasteful. Or it may be that the amygdala, the fearful part of the mind, is already chewing on all the things that need to be […]

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Rogue One (Reviewed by Theo Michelfeld)

Rogue One (Reviewed by Theo Michelfeld) The new Star Wars movie, Rogue One, is phenomenal. This is not a sequel to last year’s The Force Awakens, but a prequel to the original 1977 film—a trip to the Rebel Alliance’s own Dark Side, on their mission to deliver the Death Star plans to Princess Leia. This […]

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Vacillation (Part II) by William Butler Yeats – An Analysis

  Vacillation (Part II) by William Butler Yeats   A tree there is that from its topmost bough Is half all glittering flame and half all green Abounding foliage moistened with the dew;   What a primal October vision! “A tree there is that from its topmost bough is half all glittering flame and half […]

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A 99 for the Heart at the Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival

After spending an utterly exhausting afternoon/evening judging 109 different juveniles (age 6-13) playing solo harmonica, the next day I got ‘adjudicator dessert’. I judged a series of different categories that had only a handful of people in each. One was the senior category, very sweet. Another category was ‘younger than 6’. There was one contestant, […]

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Captain America: Civil War Review by Theo Michelfeld

This insightful, intelligent review of the movie Captain America: Civil War needs to be shared. It reminded me of something essential and needed – the difference between certainty and ambiguity/curiosity and how it often equals the difference between fear/anger and connection/happiness. In my Emotional Intelligence Works team training, I explore how it’s the amygdala’s job […]

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