Hard Fun and the Beautiful – Dog Paws Edition

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Where we are free to talk about the hard, the fun, and the beautiful of our work week.

This week showed me a lot about who I am and what I’ve learned. And it’s this emotional development that has helped me appreciate all the research I’ve done for this blog. It's taught me how to relax with the ups and downs of my work week.

Let’s begin:


My challenge this week was appreciating everyone’s perspectives, but trusting my gut to get it right. I asked for feedback on the videos and I got more than I expected. Everyone was very supportive and had such great ideas. Some people didn’t like the big “WELCOME to Work Happy Now” opening and some did. I realize that I can’t please everyone, even though it’s in my nature to try to do so. I need to do what I feel is right, and if I lose some readers or watchers then so be it.

I also had this splitting headache during a meeting. The throbbing was making me squint during some moments. I don’t think anyone noticed. I think the headache was due to me failing to relax before, during and after. I need to stop trying to control my feelings. Just allow them to be as they are. I know this will help me release tension more quickly.


As most of you know, I created the Happy at Work Project to help you with your work happiness. I received an email from an Australian nursing student who will be using the report to help teach her class about happiness and engagement in their work. My stuff is being used in an Australian university; that’s awesome.

The last video I filmed made me laugh so hard I cried. When I busted out that banana I thought about how weird I was, but I now understand that letting out the real me just gives people more reasons to like me.


I love going out for a walk with my dog to the local elementary school where I throw the tennis ball for her; that’s where I see so much beauty – dragon flies and coyotes. When I first started throwing the ball for her, she was more interested in all the smells. Over time I kept bringing that ball with me and I kept encouraging her to bring it back. It took months, but now it’s her thing. It makes her eyes light up with excitement. It’s beautiful to watch her run. Those paws moving faster than my eyes can see. There is this internal motivation that wasn’t there when I first started training her. Not it’s in her forever.

How about You?

What was hard, fun, and beautiful in your life? Let us know in the comment section.

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Lance over at the Jungle of Life wrote about work happiness. He has a great take on it, so click on over and check it out. He also promoted my Happy at Work Action Day. Yah! This is it's first year, so join in and in Lance's words, "Be the happiness you wish to see in this world!"

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