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Feeling Sad? Learn how to "Hack Happiness."

According to Gallup, unhappiness has been increasing globally for a decade. People are reporting more stress, sadness, physical pain, worry and anger than at any point in the history of Gallup's tracking.


I suppose this shouldn't come as a surprise, because I had a very bad weekend a couple of weeks ago. I will spare you the sad details, but I mean I was super sad. I had no energy to think, feel, or even know how to make the sadness stop. Fortunately, a couple of weeks before, I began to do some research on hacking happiness and found the data interesting.


Could I actually “hack” myself into being happy? If there was ever a time to try, this opportunity seemed to be a good time to experiment.


Continue reading this month's blog to learn how you can better work through your own feelings of unhappiness and keep yourself from getting stuck in sadness. 

Leadership + Culture: News & Expertise

Resource: Happiness Center

Psychology Today has compiled a 'Happiness Center' as a central location where you can learn a great deal about this topic and even search for a local expert.


Dive into the definition of happiness, the science behind it, positive psychology, happiness over the lifespan, and how happiness is directly linked to your overall health. 

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How to Hack Your Hormones for a Better Mood

Hormones are chemicals produced by different glands across your body. They travel through the bloodstream, acting as messengers and playing a part in many bodily processes.


Some simple activities like exercising, cooking, and listening to music can help boost the production of your feel-good hormones.

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Coping With Life: The Enduring Value of CliftonStrengths

While coaches and leaders often focus on their own coaching, managing or leading, they are also living life. And sometimes life throws some unexpected obstacles their way, including illness and the passing of loved ones. 


We encourage you to listen to this podcast featuring Traci McCausland, cancer survivor and founder of Follow Your Strengths. It provides an inspiring look into how CliftonStrengths can help you cope with what life brings.

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Insights: What We Are Training on in August

We believe unique problems deserve unique solutions. This month, we've prepared these "outside the box" options for our clients. 


  • Crucial Conversations and Bucket Filling
  • How To Think & Not What To Think/Using Our Strengths To Help Us Think
  • Virtual Escape Room 
  • The Neuroscience around Community
  • Building the Q12 assessment
  • Q12 Presentation


Contact us today to find out how we can help you and your team to improve communication, fill your buckets, and best utilize your strengths.

What Traci's Pondering: Happiness

"Happiness is a direction, not a place." — Sydney J. Harris


According to Gallup, anger, stress, worry and sadness reach record highs in 2021. But that doesn’t mean we to need to allow ourselves to be swept up by this trend.


Sadness is a part of our lives, but no one needs to be stuck in it. This month, join me in moving away from sadness by learning more about these feelings and ways we can get back to happy. 

Tips & Tools: Learning to Hack Happiness

Book Suggestions: Dive into Happiness

The Happiness Advantage


Happiness Is a Choice

Habits of a Happy Brain


Hardwiring Happiness

TED Talks: Discover More About Happiness

How to be Happy When Life is Not  Tisha Gilbert


The Surprising Science of Happiness — Dan Gilbert


Want to be happier? Stay in the moment. — Matt Killingsworth

Attendee Feedback: ALP 2022 National Conference

Traci had a wonderful time attending, speaking and training at ALP 2022 National Conference at the end of June — ALP filled just about every seat and the session had strong demand. Even better, Traci received terrific feedback from session participants.


It's comments like this that keep us going and inspire continued innovation!

Would you recommend this speaker for a future conference? 

All respondents said "Yes!"

Did you find this session valuable?

All respondents said "Yes!"

Feedback provided on this session, specifically for the speaker (Traci): 

  • Loved the balance of learning and practicing. Helps the concepts sink in.
  • Excellent presentation, with tools I will definitely incorporate into my program this year.
  • Very informative and love the passion and enthusiasm.
  • This was by far the best session I’ve attended so far! She was great and I have so many takeaways.
  • Some new tools to use personally and professionally.
  • Fantastic material, delivery and helpful decision making processes. I really enjoyed learning new things in this session today. Applicable information for so many parts of our programming.
  • Excellent and thorough. Experienced facilitator who gave great stories and examples.
  • Loved it. Many good ideas and ways to address problems.

A special shout out to Tami Miller (picture taken during ALP) who has always been so supportive and encouraging to so many!


We appreciate your continued support and wish you nothing but the very best on your upcoming retirement. 


Congratulations on this next phase in your journey. Enjoy every moment.

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