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"You have taught me to believe in myself and to take things slowly, one step at a time, keep sight of my goals, both short term and long term.

Your coaching style was both nuturing and motivating, you seemed to intuitively know some days what I needed most. Your caring and understanding was so appreciated and it came from the heart."

-Holly C.

I would recommend the Simplicity Course as an easy, practical way to start simplifying one's life. I especially liked the segments on Tolerations, Wardrobe, and Office and Paperwork.

Each day focuses on only one task, which is helpful to people who feel overwhelmed by the complexities of modern life and hardly know where to begin downshifting.

-Joan, New York

Beth has an uncanny way of, "reading between the lines" to see a person's heart. I appreciate how genuine she is.

I have already begun implementing her suggestions, and am dumbstruck at how well they are working. I am feeling so much more secure, and feel I am finally put onto a life path that will bring me joy for many years to come."

-Sue Halpern

I feel more focused and have an objective instead of aimlessly filling up the day.

-Shelli Segura



52 Tiny Changes

You've done it before. Tried to change your whole life in 30 days. Only to fizzle out at day 10 because it take too much time. Join me in making a small change each week and by the end of the year you will have made 52 improvements to your life!

52changes@encouragingcoach.com with 52 changes in the subject line. Or come here each week for a new change and some steps to help you along the way.

Tiny Change #16: Remember to laugh: rent a comedy, get silly with friends, or read a funny book

Remember when you were a kid? You used to laugh at anything. You found the smallest things hilarious. You'd roll around on the ground and laugh 'till you cried. Then you grew up. You got re-spon-sib-il-ities. Life turned very serious.

And we wonder why we are stressed! Always doing, doing, doing to try to meet expectations. We are in such a hurry to get wherever it is we think we will end up, that we don't stop to laugh and joke. My Grandpa is a great one for humor. As a traveling salesman for alloy metals, he often stopped by places of work and shared a joke. When someone told him one, he remembered it to share with other people down the line. As a grandpa he always says word play jokes, or really bad jokes. My kids love to hear "Silly Grandpa."

So what do you do that always makes you laugh? Which friends leave you with giggling fits? If you have kids, do you watch them having fun? Or better yet, join them? What comedians do you love? Who are your favorite humorous writers? This week, learn what makes you laugh and put some laughter into your life.

Some humor resources for you:

Jest Health A host of articles on health and humor

Good, Clean Fun A family humor archive

How Stuff Works Interesting reference on what makes a person laugh

What makes you laugh?


52 Tiny Changes Archive


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