A happiness dividend by Ann Hutchins
Last week I heard a speaker relaying the story of her early teaching experience -which she hated â and how THINKING more positively about her teaching actually made her more creative in her teaching and able to get out of her own way.Â She was still clear that teaching wasnât for her and left the profession â but she left with achievement instead of bad memories.Â Iâm an incurable optimist, so overall positive thinking comes naturally to me.Â But this got me wondering two things: 1. how many times a day to I think about money? 2. what percentage of those thoughts are positive?Â I honestly have no idea â but I do think about money a lot during the day: writing contracts for clients, doing the grocery shopping, listening to market reports â heck, listening to the news in general (the Budget, healthcare premiums, jobless/jobs reports), making travel plans for business or work â THINKING about making travel plans.Â Well, you know.Â And then my follow-on thought: if I switch negative thoughts to positive thoughts, what kind of happiness dividend over time because of my view?
So join me in an experiment â take a few pauses during the day to reflect on how often (in the last hour, in the last 4 hours â donât make yourself crazy, but notice) youâve thought about money. Iâll check back in next week with what I learn.
To listen Now! Tune into “Money in Your Life” with Ann Hutchins and Co-Host Brian FarrÂ Fridays at 7 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel.Â The new episode for this week is entitled “Pound foolish?” Nov. 15th at 7am.Â TheyÂ will beÂ talkingÂ about the dark side of the personal financial industry with blogger, author, and researcher extraordinaire Helaine Olen.Â
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Ann Hutchins is a consultant and coachÂ focused on increasing the strategic effectiveness and financial intelligence of clients. Using the skills developed in a 20+ year career as security analyst, portfolio manager, and chief investment officer in the investment industry, combined with coaching skills developed as an independent consultant and certified coach, she collaborates withÂ her clients to ignite awareness and access understanding of what drives financial choices. This type of coaching engagement leads her clients to increased confidence in making their personal financial choices rooted in their personal financial style, and to develop new skills that allow them to access available resources that support them in their financial choices for the future.