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Part 3. Being Happier — Words of Wisdom

8 Jun

To round out our three-part series on being happier, we offer the wisdom of Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nelson Mandela, Holocaust Victim Anne Frank, and Former U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The wisdom expressed below is part of the UN’s Annual Day of Happiness.

To access our first two parts on happiness, click these links: “Part One. Being Happier in Life: An Infographic” and Part Two. Being Happier at Work: An Infographic”.





Part Two. Being Happier at Work: An Infographic

7 Jun

As we posted yesterday (“Part One. Being Happier in Life: An Infographic”), one of our key life goals should be happiness, a state of well-being and contentment. This applies to our work lives — not just our personal lives. So again, a good starting point is to ask ourselves how happy are we in our career path and in our current job? Do we understand our level of work-related happiness? What can we do to be happier at work?

According to Happify: “What do the people who are most satisfied with their jobs have in common? Learn these insider tips for being happier and more fulfilled during your 9 to 5.”

Check out the Happify infographic on happiness at work.


Part One. Being Happier in Life: An Infographic

6 Jun

One of our key life goals should be happiness. As defined by Merriam-Webster: Happiness is “a state of well-being and contentment.” So, a good starting point is to ask ourselves how happy are we? Do we understand our level of happiness? What can we do to be happier?

According to Happify:

“If there’s one takeaway from the science of happiness, it’s this: You have the ability to control how you feel — and with consistent practice, you can form life-long habits for a more satisfying and fulfilling life.”

Happify has some interesting free activities and games to help you live a happier, more fulfilling life.

Click the Happify infographic for a larger view.



Bud Light Tackling a Big Social Issue

2 Jun

In the past (and even today), most companies have typically tried to stay out of any communications involving difficult social issues — or to even stake out a position.

So, cheers to Bud Light and Ellen DeGeneres for their joint efforts on behalf of gay marriage. As E.J. Schultz reports for Advertising Age:

“‘Gay weddings, they are just like any wedding,” Seth Rogen says in the commercial spot, which shows a wedding between two males. The ad also features Amy Schumer. The two comedians have been starring in the politically themed ‘Bud Light Party’ campaign. The first commercial [below] ran on broadcast TV on June 1 in California and New York, where it will also get paid digital support.”

“A big boost will come from Ms. DeGeneres, who tweeted to her 60+ million followers as part of a paid integration. Her Facebook page has more than 24.7 million likes. The ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ posted the spot on its YouTube channel. Bud Light has also erected rainbow-lit billboards in New York and California.”

“June 1 is the start of LGBT Pride month. It also marks the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on June 26 that legalized gay marriage nationally.  Bud Light previewed the spot with gay rights group GLAAD, with which it has a longtime partnership.”



All Are Welcome Here

2 May

The American Express OPEN Forum has produced a valuable video, All Are Welcome Here,  based on the acceptance of diversity:

“More than 10,000 small business owners around the country are sending a message. They want their communities to know that all customers are welcome to walk through their doors regardless of religion, country of origin, or immigration status. Amanda Ballantyne of the Main Street Alliance and Elana and Danny Schwartzman, the owners of the Common Roots Café in Minneapolis, tell us about the ‘All Are Welcome Here’ campaign.”


Here is the headline of a poster prepared by the Main Street Alliance.


Under 40s Impacting the World

21 Apr
For the purposes of this post, we are defining “young adults” as any adults under 40 years of age. [Yes, there will be some 20-year-olds who view 39 as ancient. LOL). But this definition enables us to closely look at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) “Young Global Leaders: Class of 2016” reports.


According to WEF:

“The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.The Forum engages the foremost political, business, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.”

“Meet the Young Global Leaders class of 2016. Brilliant scientists. Emerging entrepreneurs. Tech investors. Activist MPs. Each year, we select the most innovative, enterprising, and socially minded men and women under the age of 40 who are pushing boundaries and rethinking the world around them. This year’s class of Young Global Leaders gives hope that they are ready to tackle the world’s most complex and pressing challenges. They are invited to join a community and a five-year leadership journey that we believe will help them break down silos, bridge cultures and use their collective skills to get things done for positive impact across private, public, and civil society organizations.”

Click this image to access the “The Forum of Young Global Leaders.”

Click on the image below to access the 121 members of Class of 2016, with a short bio on each. Regional distribution: Asia Pacific (15); Eurasia (4); Europe (23); Greater China (13); Latin America (7); Middle and North Africa (10); North America (27); South Asia (11); and Sub-Saharan Asia (11).



Jack Welch: What Makes Great Firms Great

2 Mar

To many expert observers, Jack Welch (who served as CEO of General Electric from 1981 to 2001) was the “Manager of the Century,”  as he was called by Fortune. According to 60 Minutes, the value of GE stock rose by 4,000!!!! percent during Welch’s tenure as CEO.

Since his retirement from GE, Welch has not been idle on the business front — far from it. He has been involved with business education, done speaking engagements, authored/co-authored books, served on corporate boards, and done a whole more.

Recently, Jack and Suzy Welch contributed an essay on “6 things that distinguish great companies from average ones” for Business Insider:

  1. “Great companies demonstrate a real commitment to continuous learning.”
  2. “Great companies are meritocracies.”
  3. “Great companies not only allow people to take risks but also celebrate those who do.”
  4. “Great companies understand that what is good for society is also good for business.”
  5. “Great companies keep their hiring standards tight.”
  6. “Great companies are profitable and growing.”

Click the image for an explanation of each of the above points.

Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images



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