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The Gratitude Connection

Donald Officer

By Donald R. Officer

This monthly column is contributed by Positive Psychology expert/thought leader Donald R. Officer, author of the Positive Psychology News Daily article on Grateful Leadership.

Donald Officer, MA ’89, is a strategic thinking practitioner who melds problem solving research models to help clients anticipate unexpected scenarios and opportunities while pursuing what is most meaningful to them. In addition to coaching, facilitation, and consulting Don blogs at The Intention Coach, where he welcomes comments. He is a certified facilitator and a member of the International Coach Federation and the Canadian Positive Psychology Association. Donald’s articles can be found here.

Gratitude: Are we in this together?

By Donald Officer “The Arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”– Martin Luther King, Jr. Summary by Harry Waldron:Rutger Bregman is a young […]

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The Surprising Connection Between Gratitude and Solitude

The Gratitude Connection The Surprising Connection Between Gratitude and Solitude By Donald Officer   Overview by Harry Waldron – In our fast-paced world, there is a need to […]

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Grateful Leadership: Your Grateful Future

By Donald Officer “It’s crucial to understand how gratitude or appreciation creates value and meaning – that it all comes from inside each individual.” – Dan Sullivan, Strategic […]

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Is it Time For a Gratitude Checkup?

By Donald Officer “Work on ensuring that your gratitude is always experienced by people as authentic and that you don’t slip into being seen as obsequious or insincere […]

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Where does Grateful Leadership start?

The Gratitude Connection By Donald Officer The critical point is not to stereotype the situation even if it looks like something familiar.  ~ Edgar Schein, Helping: How to […]

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How Grateful Leadership Can Promote Transformative Change

The Gratitude Connection How Grateful Leadership Can Promote Transformative Change By Donald Officer   Leadership is not a title; it is about impact, influence and inspiration. Healthy cultures […]

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Unstuff Yourself!

  Unstuff Yourself! The Gratitude Connection By Don Officer   “Live less out of habit and more out of intent. – Amy Rubin Flett”   Inattention to what […]

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A New Old Way to Get Right Things Done Right!

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Finding Your Sweet Spot

What is the meaning of my life? Is the point just to live longer, or should I seek a higher purpose? – Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles, Ikigai: […]

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Aging With Gratitude

By Donald Officer Arriving there is what you are destined for, But don’t hurry the journey at all. Ithaka, C.P. Cavafy Aging isn’t the kind of topic we […]

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Beyond the Work Ethic

By Donald Officer Ninety percent of adults spend half their waking lives doing things they would rather not be doing at places they would rather not be. – […]

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Joy Unbounded

The Gratitude Connection By Donald Officer “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked” – Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet When I learned that Menlo Innovations CEO Richard Sheridan had published […]

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Mastering the Linguistics of Love

By Donald Officer As crucial as it is to feel grateful toward your loved one, though, this alone is not enough to create a mutually satisfying relationship. You […]

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How to Talk Intelligently

By Don Officer Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.                                                                                                            – Arthur Ward   Don’t feel bad if you […]

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Friend of a Friend

By Don Officer We tend to act as if our closest friends are our biggest assets. While that may be true for social support or trusted information, it’s […]

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Are you Short-Circuiting Your Potential for Gratitude?

By Donald Officer   Do not wait for someone else to write and sing your song. Only you know the melody of your life, so sing it with […]

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Who said logic makes sense?

By Donald Officer Whatever our official job descriptions, we are all part-time motivators. Given that motivation is so central to our lives, what do we really know about […]

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Power – Paradox or Predicament?

By Donald Officer Outside of falling in love, there may be no more widely considered pattern to social life than the rise to power, the abuse of power, […]

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The High Cost of Ingratitude

By Donald Officer   Everywhere, people are awaiting a messiah. and the air is laden with the promises of large and small prophets…we all share the same fate: […]

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Much to be Thankful For

“What is autism? A lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius?” – Steve Silberman, Neurotribes Steve Silberman wrote Neurotribes: […]

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Sharing a Grateful Future

Two kinds of gratitude: the sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” – Edwin Arlington Robinson, Poet. Research […]

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The Power of Meaning and Grateful Leadership

If we do not bridge the chasm between living a meaningful life and living a modern life, our drift will continue at a major cost. – Emily Esfahani […]

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The Upside of Stress

By Donald R. Officer Seeing the upside of stress is not about deciding whether stress is either all good or all bad. It’s about how choosing to see […]

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When Choice Becomes a Tyrannical Monster

by Donald R. Officer When people have no choice, life is almost unbearable. As the number of available choices increases, as it has in our consumer culture, the […]

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Grateful Attachment

by Donald R. Officer Before we crawl or speak we offer deep and real gratitude to those who love us. The bonds of early attachment last a lifetime. […]

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