June 25, 2013

The Happiness Advantage

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a pretty positive dude. I love positive energy and I want to be around people who share a positive outlook on life.

One of the books I recommend is called “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor, who helped design the “Positive Psychology” course at Harvard University. It was the most popular class at Harvard for a long time.   Most students arrived at Harvard after finishing in the top 1 or 2 percent of their high school class.

The numbers say that 50 percent of all students are going to be in the lower half, and that led to problems with depression and alcohol abuse on campus. It’s not unlike what we see in the NBA. Most guys were the best players on their team in college, but find it tough to find an identity in the pros.   When I attended North Carolina, I was blessed to be around people who believed in positive reinforcement 10 times more than negative reinforcement. In coaching, it can be very difficult to live that philosophy, but I still think it’s an energy that’s important.

At the risk of being overly simplistic, The Happiness Advantage basically says that thinking positive thoughts will make you feel better. I think that message needs to be out in the public more and more. People should find that safe place, that secure place in any battle they might have.

As a cancer survivor, I know it’s a search that all patients go through. Sometimes they find safety and security by talking to their doctor, reading a book or embracing their religion. There’s always some connection to find confidence and security with what you’re going through.   The Happiness Advantage helps understand why it’s important to keep a positive outlook. It’s an energizing book and a pretty easy read

Colorado Gives Day

On Dec. 4, please celebrate Colorado Gives Day by joining me for breakfast at Coohills restaurant as we raise money to benefit the Cancer Care Initiative and raise awareness about the importance of good nutrition.

Since going through treatment for head and neck cancer in 2010, I’ve learned a lot about how the right foods can play a big role in the recovery process and prevent cancer in the future.

Coohills, located at 1400 Wewatta St., is a great fit because they partner with local and regional farmers to provide their customers with organic and farm fresh produce, fish, poultry and meats. Coohills also is a big supporter of the Cancer Care Initiative. I’ll be at Coohills from 7-8 a.m. and would love to see you there. If you can’t make it that early, stop by anytime during the day and enjoy a great meal.

Coohills is generously donating a portion of its Dec. 4 receipts to CCI. Most importantly, remember to support CCI on Colorado Gives Day. We raised $36,000 last year and our goal for 2012 is to reach $40,000!

You can make a donation at GivingFirst.org, which lists every nonprofit participating in Colorado Gives Day. Every dollar of your donation will go to the Cancer Care Initiative, and the value will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund when you give on Dec. 4.

Thanks for your support, and Go Nuggets!

November 2012 Thoughts

“Life on the road can be hard, and it has nothing to do with the tough competition of the NBA.

Two weeks is a long time to be to be away from home, and the shortened schedule has already made it difficult to get minutes with my family. Our current road trip happens to fall during the same week as spring break for my 7-year-old daughter Kaci. We talked about it before I left and she was pretty down.

We’re halfway through the trip, which includes some cities I enjoy. Toronto is a charm. Charlotte is close to Chapel Hill and my good friends at North Carolina. Orlando might give us some relaxation, and New Orleans has great food.

I usually take a book on the road. Right now, I’m reading “That Used to Be Us” by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum. It’s a historical perspective of what’s going on in our world. Friedman is a brilliant writer on evaluating the economy and business in political situations. Takes a pretty good shot at America. I usually read a chapter a day, maybe two. Most books now have about 25-page chapters. If I wake up in the middle of the night, I read another chapter to put me back to sleep. I usually get through a 300-page book in a seven-day trip.

Unfortunately, this is a two-book trip.”