One of the things that binds all of us human beings together is the fact that we want to live a joyous life. 

Despite hardships or because of them, you may have lost your joy. 

 

As you look back on your life, ask yourself this question:

How do I find joy in my life?

When was the last time I joyfully laughed?

Are my obstacles anger, anxiety, fear, grief, illness, pain, or stress? 

Am I ready to discover a level of courage, joy and peace?

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WHAT DOES MAKE US HAPPY?

  • Being In Alignment With Your Values

  • Being Optimistic

  • Eating Healthy

  • Setting Meaningful Goals

  • Spending More Time With People You Like

  • Being Your Best Self As Often As You Can

  • Getting Enough Sleep

  • Meditation

  • Practicing Gratitude

  • Savoring The Present Moments

Do Your Career and Work Values Align?

A misalignment between the two could make you completely miserable, trigger depression or even cause you to become physically ill. What are your core values, and why are they important to consider when evaluating your career options?

Your core values are principles that you find desirable, important or even essential.

An alignment between your career and your core values produces satisfaction, a sense of fulfillment, happiness and joy. A misalignment can cause can everything from minor problems to major disruptions. Work core values are typically broken into three types:

  • Extrinsic values relate to the tangible rewards derived from your career and your work environment. Some examples of extrinsic values are pay, working as part of a team and providing influence.
  • Intrinsic values are related to the intangibles about the career. These are the values that motivate you and help you feel fulfilled. Examples of intrinsic values are giving back to society and expressing your creativity.
  • Lifestyle values. Lifestyle values are a type of second-tier value. What you do for a career and where you work produces a certain type of lifestyle. The type of lifestyle you desire can help complete the picture of what you value. A few examples of lifestyle values include living in a big city, living simply, and traveling.

Some people’s core values may have been obvious to them for a long time. For others, a recent event may uncover a set of personal core values. Recognition of your own core values may come to you naturally, or the process can be a struggle.  Two people can have the same core values, yet their values can be understood or expressed in different ways. You need to have a good understanding of yourself and your values to readily analyze your current or future situations.

Why it is important to understand and align your values with your career? Your values give you a sense of purpose and are guideposts to what fits you best. When you are working in a role or organization that is not a good match for your values, your “symptoms” may vary from mild to strong. On the mild side, you might feel a general sense of discomfort or a lack of connection with your situation. Feeling a lack of motivation and constantly wanting to take a day off are other indicators that there could be a mismatch. On the extreme end, a misalignment between your career and your values could make you completely miserable, trigger depression or even cause you to become physically ill. 

 

Gratitude and How It Can Change Your Life

The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, express more compassion and kindness, sleep better, and even have stronger immune systems. And gratitude doesn’t need to be reserved only for momentous occasions. You can also be thankful for something as simple as a delicious piece of chocolate cake.  The best way to reap the benefits of gratitude is to notice new things you’re grateful for every day.

Gratitude journaling works because it slowly changes the way we perceive situations by adjusting what we focus on. Being excited about the benefits of gratitude can be a great thing because it gives us the kick we need to start making changes. Incorporating gratitude into your life is easy—and fun. 

Goal Setting

The intention of goal setting is to achieve what you need and want in life in a decisive, focused and successful manner by taking the right actions. 

Who doesn’t want to achieve more? Yet, many of us abandon our goals before we accomplish them. Why is that? 

Some of the reasons include: being unrealistic by expecting too much too soon, fear of failure, lack of confidence, not having a workable plan for achieving them, not understanding the difference between needs and wants, and lastly, putting too much pressure on ourselves to accomplish them. Luckily there are strategies and behaviors we can adopt for successfully setting and achieving goals. Coaching can assist you with:

  • Determining what you need and what you want
  • Knowing the difference between needs and wants
  • Knowing when and where to start
  • Planning, organizing and prioritizing your goals in smaller, manageable chunks
  • Reviewing, updating and revising
  • Staying focused and motivated

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    The Benefits of Coaching in Setting Your Goals

    • Building self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment
    • Giving you the ‘big picture’ direction you want your life
    • Helping to keep you organized and focused
    • Helping you achieve success more efficiently
    • Make the small day to day tasks more meaningful and purposeful

 

Testimonials

Dore was a God send at a very difficult time for our family. She provided excellent coaching services, advice and wise counsel that lead to a very successful placement for our son. She is very knowledgeable about family coaching as well as a number of programs and is able to short-cut what could be a very challenging selection process with knowledgeable, first-hand experiences with a number of programs and options.

Not only did it save us time, but we felt confident when we made our choice that we were on solid, empirical ground during what can be a very emotional time and decision set. She saw our family in a way that was distinct from the crowd and she went to great lengths to assist us and coach us in ways others would not consider. I highly recommend Dore and would not hesitate to use her again.

Claire Holmes, Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs Leader, University of California, 2009

Doré was very hardworking and she gave me 120% of herself throughout the entire coaching process.

She’s extremely approachable and friendly.

I would recommend her and her coaching support to everyone. 

Loran M., Student, Age 26, , England, 2011

I am the Founder of a specialized residential treatment program for adolescent boys who are struggling with pornography overuse and sexual behavior challenges. This is an area of concern for more and more families today, and yet is not talked about openly. Families unfortunately suffer in silence.

I first met Dr. Frances when she came to evaluate our program in 2001. From our initial visit I found her expertise and knowledge in this very sensitive area to be far beyond other advocates and educational consultants I had met. Over the years her advocacy for her clients, her compassion for the families, her coaching skills, and her dedication to confidentiality and professionalism is still the best of anyone I have met today in her field.

C. Lynn Loftin, MS, LPC, Utah, 2018

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