Category Archive: Well-Being

May 12

A Personal Update

I started this particular blog as a place to share my thoughts about innovation in higher education. Over time, I began posting more on positive psychology and encore careers, which became increasingly important to me, both as subjects of study and as areas that support my work as an executive coach. Indeed, although I enjoy …

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Oct 21

Life Goes On

So, let’s review:  A few weeks ago, I wrote that I was “looking for an extra 5%.”  By that, I meant that I was looking for a little more fun, more stimulation, more engagement, or some such.  My point was that, although my life is good and I’ve made progress toward being consistently positive, something …

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Mar 20

A Reality Check

  “Show me somebody who is always smiling, always cheerful, always optimistic, and I will show you somebody who hasn’t the faintest idea what the heck is really going on.”  (Mike Royko)   No one who is in touch with reality is happy all the time; difficult times come to everyone.  I’m not a fan …

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Mar 14

My Personal Theme Song

I have a theme song:  “Birdland,” by Joe Zawinul.  The composition honored a famous jazz club, also called Birdland, as well as the great jazz musician Charlie “Bird” Parker.  The version I know best is by the late jazz trumpeter, Maynard Ferguson, and I either listen to it or play it in my head, before …

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Mar 07

A Restless, Intentional Soul

In my own mind, I am “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.”  Unfortunately, those words were used to describe Lord Byron, who seems to have been much more dangerous than I.  Here I am, exploring the encore stage, after a career as a professor and university administrator.  Like Walter Mitty, perhaps, I sometimes live in …

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Feb 07

Gratitude and the Positivity Ratio

Gratitude is a personal experience, although it can be shared.  In my last post, I wrote about my appreciation for the “semi-structured” way I am able to live, placing it in the context of my transition to the so-called encore stage of life.  However, I want to emphasize that our lives can be full of …

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Jan 17

Gratitude and Well-Being

Gratitude is a powerful contributor to well-being.  Seligman, in his book Flourish, joins others in describing the many benefits of experiencing and expressing gratitude. I especially like Seligman’s description of a “gratitude visit.” He recommends writing a letter to someone to whom you owe a debt of gratitude, but feel that you’ve never adequately acknowledged …

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Dec 17

More on Introverts and Extraverts: Opportunities in the Encore Stage

I want to follow up on my last post, about introverts and extraverts.  One of my coaching clients is an introvert who functions well in our extraverted world.  She told me that reading Susan Cain’s Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking resonated with her more than anything she’d read …

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Dec 12

Fresh Thoughts About Introverts and Extraverts

Recently, I read a book that has me rethinking some things.  Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain, explores the differences between introverts and extraverts, with the emphasis on how introverts are often undervalued in organizations that celebrate the out-there energy of extraverts.  I’ve also read parts …

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Nov 28

The Relationship Between a Life Portfolio and Well-Being

The notion of an encore stage suggests energy, possibility and a sense of optimism.  The term implies something special, but essentially the most fundamental goal is the same as for any other stage of life:  We want to flourish. Flourishing is the notion described by Martin Seligman, in his work on the goals of positive …

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