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Who Helps You Go from Good to Great?

Who Helps You Go from Good to Great?

Have you ever taken the time to wonder who is the #1 person to help you celebrate good news?  All too often, our spouses are too preoccupied, our family members are too busy, and our colleagues are too envious to give us genuine kudos for a job well done. Worse, some will even turn a good thing bad by responding with nasty little comments. You’ve probably heard things like “Good luck with all the late nights!” after you announced you were promoted to the next echelon at work?  Yeah…

A lot of newsletters encourage us to say “No!” to energy vampires – and with good reasons.  You don’t need that kind of contact in your network, they’ll say, so stop spending time and energy in human black holes.  That’s reasonable advice.

Who calls for champagne?

But equally important is to be aware of the people who care about the good events in your life and who help you make the most of them. Who asks you what specifically got you promoted and then responds “Champagne!” when you’ve explained it? Who helps you go from feeling good, to feeling larger than life?

These are the people you need in your life. Interacting with them not only makes you feel good in the moment, but also keeps your heart in shape and your immune function strong.

But you probably already knew that, so let’s take this reflection to the next level: how often do you return the favor? Do you react to their good news with the joy and pride that they give you when you share yours? If you want more of these good people around, you just have to make sure they want to see more of you too!

Like this tip?  Check out Celebrate Good Times on p. 174 of our book for more details and associated recommendations.

MJ Shaar – in 20 seconds


MJ is one of the most sought-after experts blending positive psychology and health promotion. She spent over 15 years coaching, teaching, speaking, researching and testing smart health habits. Marie-Josée Shaar received her undergrad at McGill University in Organizational Behavior, followed by a Master of Applied Positive Psychology at University of Pennsylvania. She's certified as a Wellness Culture Coach, a Personal Trainer, and a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant.

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