10 Ways to Increase Your Happiness Now

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Are you finding it increasingly difficult to remain positive, optimistic and happy during these challenging times where our activities and social interactions are severely limited? Many people believe that happiness is external – something to be achieved or acquired. They think, “I’ll be happy when… Covid 19 is over, […]

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What Authenticity Looks Like

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Last week, my dear friend and colleague of 17 years, Terry Gonda was fired from St. John Fisher Chapel as their music director because she is married to a woman – something that has never been a secret. The Archdiocese of Detroit (AOD) terminated her employment under their morality […]

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Look Your Best on Video Calls

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC If you are like me, you are probably spending more time on video calls than ever before given the new work environment, and you may be concerned about how you look on camera. Personally, I have been unhappy with how I appear on video, so I went to YouTube […]

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC In light of recent events, every topic I planned to write about seemed insignificant. I feel powerless to control what’s happening in the world racially, politically, morally, and economically. The only tool at my disposal is influence, so I’m writing this with the hope that I will influence others […]

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Are You Following Your Internal Compass?

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Did you know that you have an internal compass that tells you what direction to move toward? It also tells you what’s really important to you. Your emotions are this compass, and you have access to it at any time. Unfortunately, most people do not understand what their emotions are […]

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Letting Go of Painful Past Events

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Are you holding on to past emotional events and having trouble letting go of these painful feelings? You’re not alone. It’s human nature to relive past experiences in your head, but it’s not productive. Harvard Psychologist Susan David, calls this “Brooding” in her book Emotional Agility. She defines brooding […]

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The Power of Presence

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Presence or paying attention is essential to high performance, resilience, happiness and overall well-being. Although it’s very simple in concept, it’s very difficult in practice. This is because as human beings, we are constantly thinking in our heads instead of giving our full attention to what’s right in front […]

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The Secrets to Happiness and Well-Being

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC The secrets to happiness, well-being, and resilience are LOVE, GRATITUDE, and PRESENCE. Love and gratitude are the most powerful emotions there are. Since 2013, I have intentionally practiced presence and expressing love and gratitude to completely transform my life. I went from being at the lowest point in my […]

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Increase Your Resilience and Performance

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) hosted a teleclass on resilience and brain science in 2016, and presented the negative effects of stress on our brains and performance. On the up-side, we can be trained to change our brains and learn to become more resilient through brain practices. They provided […]

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What is Essential?

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC We have been forced to live very differently for the past four weeks. For many this has meant slowing down, spending more quality time with family, and doing without non-essentials. Maybe this forced pause is what we needed at this point in time where so many people find themselves […]

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