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We’re borrowing a line from a great Monty Python song here because we wanted to share a fun idea.  This month’s Flourish salon topic is the Science of Happiness with our local happiness guru, Ellen Raim, and judging from the large sign up, it seems like a very timely topic.  Seems like we’re all getting just a little bit tired of the barrage of downer news and media hype and most of us are ready to once again “look on the bright side of life”.  Ellen was telling me about  the playlist of happy music she put together for the beginning of the event.  She’s going to set the mood from the minute women walk in the door.  The music is fun, upbeat and all containing the word “happy“.

That got me to thinking!  How could I use this music and keep the happy going long after the event is over?   Wouldn’t it be fun to have my own, on-demand playlist of happy songs on my iPod!  Who wouldn’t feel better after a 30 minute walk listening to nothing but happy songs?  Maybe you want to give it a try too.   You’ll burn off a few calories and probably add a spring to your step and a smile to your face.  Add a little sunshine and you’ll be singing What a Wonderful World!

Here’s a few song titles to get you started –  Happy Talk, Happy Trails to You, Don’t Worry – Be Happy, Come On Get Happy, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Happy Together, Bring Me Sunshine, Happy Birthday.

What are your picks for your all time favorite “happy” song?

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“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.” ~Albert Schweitzer

So, what has science learned about what makes us happy? More than you might think…and a few surprising things that don’t really ring our inner chimes. Turns out, that for all the lovely things it allows us to buy, money really doesn’t make us happier. Youth? Not so much!

Want to know exactly what does make us happy? It’s time to explore the Science of Happiness. It’s caused a revolution in psychotherapy. It’s the topic of the most popular course ever offered at Harvard. And it can transform how you feel about your job. Positive psychology often referred to as “happiness studies”- offers proven evidence of what makes some people happier than others. Ellen Raim has become an expert on the science of happiness and shares her knowledge with us. Ellen will speak to us about happiness in general, happiness at work and offer concrete advice on what actions we can take to make change. Come to this talk and leave thinking differently about yourself, your colleagues, your work and maybe even your life.

Meet Our Expert:

Ellen began her career more than 20 years ago as a labor and employment attorney for one of the largest law firms in thecorragio_ellen_0001-webcrop country. She has held senior roles inside large organizations, including several years as head of worldwide staffing for Intel where she designed and deployed people strategies to complement the company’s strategic direction.  As an Organizational Development consultant, her work has included large scale change management, improving innovation practices, business strategy and building employee engagement. Ellen has a B.A. in Economics from Brown University; a M.A. in Organizational Design from Seattle University and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.

Join us for this fun and inspiring Flourish salon event!

Date:  Sunday, April 19, 2009 ~ 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location:  Rilassi Coffee House ~ 3580 S River Parkway, Portland OR  97239

Cost:  $25 includes brunch and presentation.

REGISTER TODAY or learn more about all our Flourish events at the Flourish website

P.S. If you loved the theme song from the Partridge Family as much as we did, you will get a kick out this video of Diane Lane and Elizabeth Perkins singing the Come On Get Happy song!

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