If someone were to ask you what you desire most for your children, or for yourself, the answer in most of our cases is happiness, followed closely by good health.  Happiness is a word that has come to be symbolized by the little yellow smiley face and so is often not taken very seriously. According to recent empirical research, we should all be taking our sense of well-being VERY seriously, as some of the benefits of happiness are:

  • Optimistic people are much less likely to die of heart attacks than pessimists, controlling for all known physical risk factors (Giltay et al., 2004).
  •  Women who display genuine (Duchenne) smiles to the photographer at age 18 go on to have fewer divorces and more marital satisfaction than those who display fake smiles (Keltner et al., 1999).
  • Positive emotion reduces at least some racial biases; for example, although people generally are better at recognizing faces of their own race than faces of other races, putting people in a joyful mood reduces this discrepancy by improving memory for faces of people from other races (Johnson & Fredrickson, 2005).
  •  Externalities such as weather, money, health, marriage, religion added together account for no more than 15% of the variance in life satisfaction (Diener et al., 1999).
  •  The pursuit of meaning and engagement are much more predictive of life satisfaction than the pursuit of pleasure (Peterson et al., 2005).
  • Economically flourishing corporate teams have a ratio of at least 2.9:1 of positive statements to negative statements in business meetings, whereas stagnating teams have a much lower ratio; flourishing marriages, however, require a ratio of at least 5:1 (Gottman & Levenson, 1999; Fredrickson & Losada, 2005).
  • Self-discipline is twice as good a predictor of high school grades as IQ (Duckworth & Seligman, 2005).
  • Happy teenagers go on to earn substantially more income 15 years later than less happy teenagers, equating for income, grades, and other obvious factors (Diener et al., 2002).
  •  How people celebrate good events that happen to their spouse is a better predictor of future love and commitment than how they respond to bad events (Gable et al., 2004).

If you feel that you might benefit from happiness coaching, please contact Jean for more information on individual and group sessions.


Management is changing its vision of leadership as we move forward into the 21st century. The nature of work itself is changing from an algorithmic nature (Going from point A to point B, according to a predetermined method, typical of the 50’s-90’s) to a more heuristic (individually creative) nature – think Google or Tom’s Shoes.

Because of this, the very nature of employee motivation and compensation is shifting and management must shift its skills in order to effectively interface with workers who want more from their jobs than a simple paycheck.

Research shows that when people have identified their basic strengths and actually put them to use, they enjoy a feeling of productivity and well being. This feeling of subjective well-being is what our two largest working demographics (Gen Y and the Boomers who are choosing not to retire) are increasingly seeking from their employment (Achor,2010). It isn’t all about the paycheck anymore and intelligent management is having to re-tool and learn new skills in order to manage this new environment effectively.

Jean has effectively coached clients from Raymond James Financial, St Luke’s Eye Institute, Bic Graphic, Pepsico and many business owners and entrepreneurs to create more effective and fulfilling motivators, advancement strategies and management techniques for both the individual and the Corporation.


The world is a constantly changing blur of events and emotions to the typical teen who must be constantly in touch and on call in our fast-paced society.  Sometimes it is overwhelming to try to keep all the balls in the air and teens need an unbiased ear to listen and help him/her find the solutions to the problems that really need to be tackled.

As a mother of three, Den Leader to 5 Eagle Scouts, mentor of many and surrogate “mom” to other people’s kids, Jean is able to constructively encourage kids to find solutions and create areas of strength upon which they can draw in times of need.  Sheis able to help kids learn resilience skills that encourage problem solving, gratitude and self-efficacy.  This coaching can be done in person or over the telephone or via computer Skype and can be incredibly effective.


Jean is a Certified Personal Trainer through ACE and has been trained as a weight counselor with HMR, the country’s oldest and leading medical weight loss program.  Most people don’t overeat because they are hungry.  Jean is able to tap into some of the underlying reasons and help people to really understand what is happening to their bodies, at the cellular level, as a direct result of the choices they make.

She has been very successful in helping people to lose pounds and manage their weight successfully over the long term.  This may be the first weight management program that you come away from feeling stronger about yourself, as a person!


Both Jerry and Jean are educated and experienced in helping people deal with health challenges such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Cancer and more.  Sometimes it is the patient who needs some objective help with handling the challenges and sometimes it is the family or caregiver who needs some uplifting.  Either way, coaching offers support, ideas for coping with and thriving through the hurtles of health challenges.


A mother or father who assumes the responsibility for home educating the children, often faces an incredibly gratifying experience with the children but can also end up feeling isolated and alone emotionally.  Jean Coleman, a veteran of 19 years of home education has spoken at FPEA conventions and is very effective in coaching parents through the tough spots of home schooling.

Whether it is solving a problem or dealing with behavior issues, Jean brings vast experience to the coaching arena. This coaching can be done in person or over the telephone or via computer Skype and can be incredibly effective.

Jean uses the principles of Positive Psychology to help people decide on choices that ultimately result in an experience of Optimal Human Functioning

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