Come On, Get Happy!

Your-Communication-Connection-Speaker-Colette-CarlsonIf you read that headline and heard the Partridge Family singing it, I bet it brought a smile to your face. If you have no idea who the Partridge Family is, show some respect to your elders and Google “partridge family come on get happy ” – after you’re done reading this blog post, of course.

We all have our good and bad days, but there are definitely those people who tend to be happy more regularly. They’re just nicer to be around. Who wants to hang out with someone who’s constantly kvetching? I’m not suggesting we walk away from a friend who’s going through a difficult time. That’s heartless. But you know the perpetually unhappy type I’m referring to: Gloomy Gus, Betty Bitcher, Negative Ned. They suck your energy, and worst of all, their unhappiness can be catching. You walk away from a conversation with them feeling depleted and suddenly worried about the economy, your health, the future of mankind. Good Lord! Get me a dose of happiness – stat!

The good news? Research has shown that there are actual steps to cultivating happiness that we can take, and no, those steps don’t include scarfing a box of Godiva chocolates or buying that gorgeous red handbag we’ve been eyeing. Because we’re all different, with varying personalities and circumstances, not every happiness-inducing activity will resonate with everyone. You’ll need to find the one that speaks to you. As a motivational speaker, I know that no matter what area of our lives we’re addressing, we need to find techniques that fit our lifestyle. So over the next few posts, I’ll highlight a number of effective methods for creating a happier frame of mind. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this one tip, which some consider the most effective instant happiness booster: Get moving. Not only does exercise reduce stress, it also increases self-esteem.  What better reason to Google that Partridge Family theme song and get up and dance to it, right now? Unless you’re reading this at work!


Step into the Truth Booth, improve your life, and laugh along the way with funny motivational speaker Colette Carlson. How did she go from emotional coward and the Pizza Delivery’s favorite customer to #1 sales producer for sales legend Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, featured in Success Magazine, a 50 lb. weight loss, and inspiring audiences at Microsoft, Accenture, Pepsi, Boeing, and organizations worldwide? Visit her at or call 760-230-1212.

Colette founded Speak Your Truth, Inc. to share her success systems and inspire others to Think It! Speak It! Live It! Her tools and takeaways create authentic, long-lasting change in every aspect of your life. With a MA in human behavior, a successful business and 2 teenage daughters, Colette provides a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor to motivate you with her high content programs. Improve your Communication Skills, Work-Life Balance, Sales, Leadership, Assertiveness, Negotiation…all wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.

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  1. You are sooo right Colette! Even as a comedian and motivational speaker, I still have to work to be happy. I’ve never related my movement to my happiness. So this is an eye-opener for me. But I see what you mean! When I get moving (whether it’s dancing, jumping up and down in glee, acting like a fool, or just getting out of this chair and walking outside for a bit) I DO feel better. And when I can make moving FUN – like putting some new music on my ipod while I’m on the treadmill – then it’s a great combination.  When you see me at the gym, beaming ear to ear, and walking like a fool – you know I’ve just tapped into Queen or a foot-stomping Gospel song. Makes the time fly by, and makes me feel like a million bucks. Speaking of which – time to get moving. The treadmill is calling my name. And now, thanks to you, I’m actually going to answer it. :)

  2. You are singing my song, sister!  I know exactly the things that I can do to life my mood and my spirits (which makes my brain work better, actually). And I have a friend suffering from depression right now and he’s watching funny movies and singing out loud to great disco music! He says it helps! So thank you for this reminder and I look forward to more happiness invoking ideas!

  3. I love music that changes moods, and of course, the Partridge Family ‘Come On Get Happy’ is a winner!  I love this picture too – you don’t see that too often in Corporate America – unless  you work at Zappos!  Thanks for a great post – I’m looking forward to more tips from you!


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