Happiness!


A New Member of the Family!

The Speak Happiness team is thrilled to announce the publication of Creativity as a Second Language!

This book is really, really good! (and I’m not just saying that because I publish it — it’s true!)

  • It’s available on Amazon NOW
  • Just in time for PRIME DAY on July 11th
  • That’s today!!

To celebrate both Prime Day and Nancy’s awesome book — all of the books in the “…as a Second Language” family are on sale, both ebooks and print. Now is the time to send copies to everyone you love who could use a little more Happiness, Success, amazing Parenting, and Creativity in their lives.

If you don’t have Amazon Prime, click here for a 30-day free trial and you’ll get all of the Prime Day deals (plus free 2-Day shipping on almost everything you buy). Also, if you want to read a Kindle book on your tablet or phone, you can download the Free Kindle Reader App.

If you want extra boosts of Happiness every day, be sure to follow Speak Happiness on Facebook and Twitter. We have great content going up every morning that I think you’ll love.

And if you scroll back through some old posts, you’ll find something that you needed to hear right now, at this very moment.

‘Cause that’s how these things work!


The Most Revealing Blog Post of the Year!

Yes, this post is going to be revealing…
Truly revealing…

Cover Revealing!

I’m so pleased and proud to share with you the cover of the latest book in the “…as a Second Language” family:

This book will be available on Amazon soon, in both print and ebook formats, and I think you are going to love it. I know I do.

And I’ll let you know the very moment it is ready for ordering.

Congratulations, Nancy Pia, on a job well done!

(and a special shoutout to David Cheaney for this incredible cover!) 

Watch this space for more happiness and creativity soon. 

P.S. Any Happiness Fans in Knoxville or the surrounding area? I will be delivering the keynote at the East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Summit next Friday. If you’re in the area, please come! I think it will be an amazing day.


Eat (too much…), Drink (too much…) and Just Be Merry!

Only in America could an event where people are able to eat unlimited amounts of food, drink a plethora of beer, and spend the day at one of the most iconic stadiums in the country make people unhappy, but…sigh…they were there.

The complainers.
The fight starters.
The standing-in-line texters who didn’t move quickly enough and the line-cutters who hopped in front of them and the line waiters who howled in protest.

I am, of course, talking about Burgers and Beer — an LA institution that demands you show up hungry and HAPPY!

On Saturday, the other half and I had the great privilege of going to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the event took place. I had a speaking gig downtown that morning, and (full disclosure), had press passes for both of us, so it was a no-brainer to go.

The LA Weekly puts on several of these food festivals each year (Tacolandia, Cookie Con, The Essentials…) and they are one of the greatest things about this city. As a girl who has a tiny appetite, but wants to taste every item on the menu whenever I go out, this is my jam. And here’s a confession — I like that the lines are long!

It takes me a while to eat each morsel, and I need a bit of time to digest between, so this works out perfectly. Grab a plate from one stand, go get in the next line, eat while inching forward, be ready for the next bite by the time you get there.

Every now and then, take a break to grab a drink (if not a brewki fan, there are still plenty of water stands and other drink sponsors, including Honest Tea and Hubert’s Lemonade). And no one under 21 was admitted — no one! The only children were the people behaving like children.

The weather was perfect, the parking was overpriced, the lines for burgers were long and slow-moving, the lines for beer were short and fast (probably because beer stands outnumbered burger stands two-to-one and it takes a lot less time to pour a beer than grill a burger), the live music was GREAT and the crowd was really friendly. Except for the few who weren’t.

I get it. Some people thought it was too pricey, but c’mon — it’s all the burgers you can eat and beer you can drink for the price of one burger and two beers at most of these restaurants (with tax and tip).

Some people drank too much, but mostly they just seemed to fall over and be funny to watch.

Some people were prepared to be Line Police, even when not called for, and to all of them I say, watch this (and appreciate the irony of who is in it):

Now, spend ten minutes reminding yourself how blessed life is for anyone with the resources and ability to read this.

Here is my thought process whenever my happiness might be challenged by costs, crowds and crankiness:

  • I’m alive
  • My body parts function
  • I don’t live in a war zone
  • I’m safe
  • I’m fed
  • Life is good

Everything else is gravy. On a really tasty burger!

For me, the best burger of the day was Slater’s 50/50, without equal.

A good second was Belcampo’s lamb burger.

And it’s always nice to see LA’s finest keeping the drunks from hurting themselves…

 


The Most Benefit You Will Ever Get out of Twitter!

Yes, you could sit in the Oval Office all day tweeting, I suppose, but will that really improve your job performance?

Instead, you can use Twitter to make your company a significantly better place to work!

“How?” you ask.

Just read this fantastic and exciting press release from G&A Partners (hint – I’m in it…):

#HRTailgate Preview: How To Score A Winning Company Culture

https://www.gnapartners.com/blog/hrtailgate-preview-score-winning-company-culture/

Think you can become a company culture pro in 140 characters or less? Look no further than our HR Tailgate Twitter chat.

Having a strong company culture is no longer just a mere option in the workforce. A company’s values, rituals and overall spirit make a huge impact on employee happiness and their willingness to stick around. A Columbia University study shows the likelihood of job turnover at an organization with a strong company culture is a mere 13.9 percent, whereas the probability of job turnover at an organization with a weak company culture is 48.4 percent—yikes!

Our first HR Tailgate of 2017 will discuss “How to Score a Winning Company Culture.” Join us on February 9 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST for an engaging chat led by G&A Partners’ Director of Corporate HR Bonnie Scherry, and special guest host Valerie Alexander, speaker, author and workplace happiness expert.

If you’ve never been involved in a Twitter chat, you’ll be surprised at how simple it is to participate. A Twitter chat is a live conversation focused on a topic — for this month, ours is workplace wellness. The chat is guided by eight questions; chat participants can engage in dialogue with chat hosts and other chat participants by answering the questions and using the hashtag #HRTailgate. (Forbes shares everything you need to know about a Twitter chat in this article.)

Want to know what to expect? Get excited and gear up for the chat by visiting the recap of past HR Tailgates:“Score a Wellness Touchdown,” “Tackling Social Media in HR,” “How to Score a Work-Life Balance,” “Gear Up for Workplace Safety,” “HR Law: Avoid Being Out of Bounds, and “2017 Workplace Wellness Plans.”

How to participate:

First: Follow your chat hosts on Twitter:

Then: Prepare to share your HR knowledge and learn from others with the following questions:

  • How can HR pros/managers do to minimize the effect of outside factors (like politics) have on culture?
  • How do you screen and interview for culture fit?
  • How do you handle a culture misfit with a new employee?
  • What happens when your culture is sabotaged? How do you “fix” it?
  • How does it affect culture when leaders in your organization don’t follow culture expectations?
  • What do you do with high performers who are cultural “duds”?
  • What are some best practices for a culture “reset”?
  • How do you train employees about culture expectations?

Next: End your answers with the hashtag #HRTailgate to participate.

Ready to show off your knowledge, ideas and questions on all things company culture? Don’t miss out on our award-winning #HRTailgate on Thursday, February 9!


When it Comes to Building Relationships, Giving Thanks is Everything

thanksgiving-day_10065385-031914In this week, when our entire country pauses to give thanks for what we have (at least, I hope that’s what we’re doing, and not just stuffing our faces and running out the door to save on the latest toys), now is the perfect time to share the importance of expressing thanks to others. Look around your world today and see who might be due for a “Thank You”…or two. Whether in the workplace, among family or with total strangers, don’t underestimate the powerful influence of a little appreciation. Or more accurately…a lot!

Appreciation is Good for your Bottom Line!

As a certified Happiness expert who has worked with companies and organizations of all sizes on how to lower costs and maximize profit by making happiness a priority in the workplace, I cannot stress strongly enough how important gratitude is. It is especially important if you are asking an employee to do more than was originally agreed, or pulling someone off one task and putting them on another, even though they were doing a good job on the first one (because we all face the “Tyranny of the Urgent” now and then). Want to save money on turnover, absenteeism and even theft? Lead with appreciation.

“Thanks for the work you’re doing on this. I’m very grateful that you’ve been able to handle it so well. Now, the scope has changed and there’s actually going to be more to do, and I’m happy to know I can count on you for that.”

According to all of the major studies on Happiness in the Workplace (Gallup, Harvard Business School, U.C., Riverside), the number one factor in an employee’s engagement and workplace satisfaction is a sense of accomplishment, the feeling of doing a job well, of making progress on work that matters. As a leader, you increase that exponentially by simply acknowledging and appreciating what they’ve done.

Put Appreciation on Steroids

You don’t have to limit “Thanks!” to just words you remember to say now and then. If you make a full commitment to expressing gratitude to those who work for you or help you out in other ways, you can have a lot of fun with it. Amp up the results! All it costs is your creativity and a little time.

I’m running a Kickstarter campaign right now to launch my tech company’s first product, the Happy Couples Bot. We got a bit of a blow due of the timing of our campaign, but the one thing we’ve stayed committed to from the start is expressing our thanks for anyone and everyone who backed us — often and publicly!

Our first ten backers were all sent this video (either by email or on their Facebook pages):

It didn’t matter that we were making fools of ourselves — in fact, that was part of the message. We are so committed to showing our thanks that we’ll go this far outside our comfort zones.

The next wave of backers got even more appreciation, as we went all-out with one of two videos, depending on which we thought the recipient would enjoy more:

The sincerely foolish:

Or the foolishly sincere:

Our primary goal was to make sure the people who supported us got something fun and heartfelt in return, instantly. The secondary goal was to give them something they could not only laugh at, but share with friends, which several of them did. Again, appreciation is just good business.

So, this week, as you gather around a table overflowing with food and family and love (and hopefully not too much political discord), start thinking of ways to express how thankful you are to everyone who makes your life a little easier, a little better and a little (or a lot) richer.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

(and if you want to get our next video sent straight to you, go ahead and back the Happy Couples Bot Kickstarter campaign!)