SOLC 5 of 31: Notes from the Happiness Coach

Recently we had a professional development day where the keynote speaker was a Happiness Coach. Yes, a former teacher, now a Happiness Coach. And she was amazing. She recommended the following keys to Happiness:

  1. Daily practice of Gratitude
  2. Strong Social Connections
  3. Daily Exercise
  4. Frequent Random Acts of Kindness
  5. Daily Meditation or Time for Yourself

And while I don’t have most of these going strongly in my life right now, I’m using today to practice gratitude. Why? Because it’s been a challenging day and this will give me a chance to remember some things to be thankful for.

Today, I’m Thankful for:

  1. My kids who keep me humble and entertained.
  2. My husband who is supportive, loving, caring, kind and a wonderful co-navigator in this crazy life.
  3. My parents who show me unconditional love and demonstrate kindness and generosity authentically and consistently.


  1. renned9891 said,

    March 5, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Just what I needed to read! I have heard of this list before, but on the most difficult days- I agree- it is hard to find the silver-lining. Thanks for putting your gratitude out there and reminding us to do the same. Keeping it simple and focus-forward:) Good luck with the rest of your Slicing this month!

  2. Jen Driggers said,

    March 6, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Thank you for sharing the keys to happiness. I’m writing them down in my journal. I love the practice of gratitude. I have my first graders keep gratitude journals and we start the day by writing something they’re thankful for. They do this every day, but for some reason (probably because I’m “too” busy) I’ve stopped writing in my journal with them. Your post has reminded me to make that time to be grateful!

  3. March 6, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Oh my gosh, I love this! What a phenomenal idea to be a happiness coach and those are tips anyone can try. May I share this with some colleagues of mine? I think this would be a great team building activity to share some of these things together.

    • jodimahoney said,

      March 6, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Of course! Her name was Kim Strobel – you can find her on YouTube. For the gratitude practice some of my colleagues are e-mailing or texting their 3-5 things to be thankful for to each other.

  4. caroline524 said,

    March 6, 2018 at 3:41 am

    So sorry that today wasn’t good but I’m glad that despite all of it you were able to reflect on the positive around you.

  5. Ramona said,

    March 6, 2018 at 10:24 am

    A happiness coach for PD! I love this.Practicing gratitude on a tough day is challenging – good for you.

  6. March 12, 2018 at 4:01 am

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  7. Amy Rudd said,

    March 12, 2018 at 8:42 am

    I think a happiness coach is a wonderful idea.
    I can say focusing on things we are grateful for and staying positive helps.
    I’m thankful for my wonderful family-a caring husband, and 2 children who mean the world to me.
    I’m also happy to stay connected with all the wonderful slicers (like you) who inspire me with their writing! Thank you!

  8. cmargocs said,

    March 12, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I love the fact that she was a teacher as well, and can speak to the specific stresses that come with the job. I can attest that gratitude journaling really does work to put one’s mind at ease; I’ve been doing so for almost two decades, each night. Helps me sleep well!

  9. Michelle @litlearningzone said,

    March 12, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    I think I want to be a Happiness Coach in my next life! I love it! Great tips too. Thankful that Betsy shared on TWT blog today for inspiration! 🙂

  10. Natasha said,

    March 12, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Good reminders of important practices. The frequent random acts of kindness is an interesting part of the list. I feel like I’ve heard the others often, but not that. Thanks for sharing!

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