Little Lessons

Summer 2019 Reading List – 6 Down, 6 To Go

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 31, 2019 5:01:00 AM

books 2019 summer
“Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” - Hazel Rochman

It’s officially the summer season, and that means warm weather, trips to the beach, and more reading time! This year, I’m going to recommend 6 books that I’ve already read, plus 6 books that I plan to read over the next 3 months.

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Topics: reading list, Reading and Books, coach, happiness, little lessons, beauty, nature

The Unhappy Earl

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 19, 2019 5:01:00 AM

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“I have no right to be unhappy.” - Lord Grantham

Even if you don’t watch PBS, you’ve probably heard of Downton Abbey. The period drama tells the story of the residents of a country estate in England during the early 1900s. There’s intrigue upstairs among the family members as they try to maintain their wealth and heritage. And there’s equal suspense among the staff, as they strive to make their lives better. Both classes struggle with new technology, the impact of World War I, and the changes transforming British society.

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Topics: attitude, happiness, little lessons, emotions, wonder

Accepting Happiness

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 15, 2019 5:01:00 AM

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“Suppose you can get what you want…” – Fortune Cookie

A cold February night in New England, with a frigid wind cutting through the air. The restaurant provided a safe haven from the elements. The company and conversation provided the requisite warmth.

A simple dinner with family and friends. The theme for the evening was happiness, and nothing could change the mood. Not the wait – even though we had reservations. Not the crowd at the bar – it just made us stand closer to each other. The waiter was overly apologetic when he forgot the appetizers, but we were so impressed with the dishes in front of us, it didn’t matter. We did appreciate the free bottle of wine he gave the table.

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Topics: family, happiness

Share Your Joy

Posted by Mark Fallon

Sep 14, 2018 5:01:00 AM

Pierce Arrow

“Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.” – Samuel Johnson

One of my favorite pastimes is attending classic car shows. Walking down the rows, being surprised by the next discovery. Beautiful lines, glossy paint, and polished chrome transform ordinary vehicles into works of art.

At most amateur shows, there’s an opportunity to meet the owners. The conversation often begins with the origin story. “My grandfather bought this car back in 1935.” “It was just a rusting frame that I found in a junkyard.” “My first car was also a 1972 Skylark, only this one is worth a lot more.”

Most owners will explain why their car is unique – retractable headlights, V-12 engine, hidden storage panels. They encourage you to take as many photos as you want. Some even let you sit inside!

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Topics: story, happiness, joy

The Extraordinary Ordinary Day

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 1, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

In many ways, the day was no different than the many others that preceded it. The sun came up only slightly earlier than the day before, the temperature was nearly the same, and so was the low humidity. Even the days’ schedules were similar.

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Topics: appreciation, positive, happiness, joy

No Big Wins

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 11, 2018 6:06:11 AM

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“Lessons learned by ourselves have a greater value than lessons learned through others.” – Wayne Antaw

Most of us have set goals for ourselves, or our boss has set goals for us. Some of those goals may be simple – lose five pounds, increase sales by five percent, or cut $5,000 out of the budget. Or, the goals may present a great challenge, and are what Jim Collins calls Big Hairy Audacious Goals, or BHAGs.

Meeting these types of goals will translate into what might be considered a “big win”. A bonus. A raise. Or, maybe a promotion.

But what is a “big win”? A bonus is nice, but it will only have a brief impact on your life. A raise is nicer, but even that impact diminished quickly, as we usually find a way to raise our spending levels to exceed our income. A promotion, especially if its significant, will probably have the most lasting effect.

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Topics: improvement, reflection, happiness, little lessons

It’s Okay to be Happy

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 4, 2018 4:30:00 AM

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“Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller

For most of my life, I’ve been afraid of happiness. Of course, I enjoyed the moment when things were going well. But if the feeling lasted too long, I’d become anxious. Certainly, a sensation this good can’t last. Something is bound to go wrong – soon.
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Topics: positive, happiness, joy