Coaching Toward Happiness - December 2007

Join us on Friday, December 28, 2007 at 4:00 pm Eastern for a conference call with Robert A. Emmons, Ph. D., widely considered to be the world's leading expert on the study of Gratitude. If you're reading this after January 1, 2008, you'll find the interview at to hear online or by MP3 download.  (At some point, this digital recording will be moved to the CTH Archive).


In This Issue:

  1. My Gratitude to You
  2. "Gratitude as 2008 Begins".  A Conference Call with Robert Emmons, Ph.D., 12/28/07
  3. Conference Call with Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.
  4. The Gratitude Master Class:  Beyond the Letter and Journal: Nine Practices for Gratefulness - Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D.  Jan/Feb 2008
  5. Classes and Speaking Engagements

1.  My Gratitude to You


Dear CTH Readers,


You may be scanning or reading the CTH now.  You may have listened to our CTH conference calls the past two years. You may be planning to hear Bob Emmons on 12/28 or to listen online in the coming weeks. 


However you connect with CTH, you are investing your scarcest resource--your attention and time.  For this, I'm grateful, and, as Seth Godin notes, I should be paying you.  I hope I can continue to be worthy of your attention in 2008. 


Thanks for a great year,




P.S.   Here's a small, special-link discovery present to you as 2008 rolls in.  If you love film and a director at his best.  I, myself, was totally taken in and loved it.




2.  "Gratitude as 2008 Begins".  A Conference Call with Robert A. Emmons. 12/28/07


DATE: Friday, December 28, 2007
TIME: 4:00 pm - 5:20 pm Eastern (New York Time)
3:00 pm - 4:20 pm Central (Chicago Time)
2:00 pm - 3:20 pm Mountain (Denver Time)
1:00 pm - 2:20 pm Pacific (San Francisco Time)
INTERNATIONAL TIME: 9:00 pm - 10:20 pm UTC/GMT (London Time)




As the New Year begins, it is an immensely important time for gratitude.  Bob Emmons, author of Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier will join Ben to discuss "Gratitude as 2008 Begins".  Join us on the very last Friday in December (the 28th) when Bob will delve deeper into the strength that plays such a profound role in our lives.

The Conference Call's Gratitude Contest: For listeners to the interview--live and those listening online during January, 2008), there will be a contest in which 20 Copies of Thanks: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier will be given away.


For those in the San Francisco Bay Area: Dr. Emmons will be speaking in San Francisco at the Commonwealth Club on January 23, 2008.  MORE

Additional Resources:

* For Bob's bio and great photos: click here
* For his UC Davis website: click here
* On the Psychology of Gratitude: click here
* For an August 2007 San Francisco Chronicle profile: click here
* For 'Let Us Give Thanks in Writing' a New York Times Feature Article, November 22, 2007: click here
* For Bob's website: (Note: Unless you want to reach a young filmmaker, use
* For the journal Bob edits, The Journal of Positive Psychology: click here



3.  Conference Call with Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.,


Sonja's book is in pre-release until December 27, 2007.  She'll launch her new book in the US during a Good Morning America interview on Jan 7 to 9th,2008.  But we'll have her here, just for you. Join us for a conversation with Sonja Lyubomirsky, one of Positive Psychology's foremost researchers and author of the The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You WantShe'll come in January, 2008--date soon to be announced.





4.  NEW The Gratitude Master Class:  Beyond the Letter and Journal: Nine Practices for Gratefulness - Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D.  January 2008


Emmons' summary of the research indicates that gratitude practices can increase the set range of happiness by up to 25%. 


This is so impressive. Tonight, a colleague, Bob Siegfried, upon finishing Emmons' book, concluded that gratitude practices may be the sine qua non of happiness interventions.


For those familiar with research on gratitude, the gratitude letter and gratitude journal are powerful but, in positive psychology years, quite old. 


I am so excited to announce that Bob Emmons will be debuting a new MentorCoach Master Class on "Beyond the Letter and Journal: Nine Practices for Gratefulness."


The exact January 2008 date will be announced in the Coaching Toward Happiness eNewsletter and on and soon.


The class will fill quickly.




5.  Classes and Speaking Schedule

A.  MentorCoach 31-Week Training Program: Foundations:


These MentorCoach Coach Training Programs are Launching (all identical; all available globally by teleconference):


  • Mondays at 8pm Eastern, begins 12/10/07 (MCP 115)
  • Mondays at Noon Eastern, begins 1/21/08 (MCP 117)
  • Tuesdays at 8pm Eastern, begins 1/22/08 (MCP 118)
  • Fridays at 1pm Eastern, begins 2/22/08 (MCP 119)

More Information and Time Zones


B.  MentorCoach MasterClasses Launching:

  • Beyond the Letter and Journal: Nine Practices for Gratefulness - Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. To Be Announced.
  • Ethics and Risk Management  ' Tuesdays at 7pm Eastern, begins 1/22/08
  • Intensive Group Coaching ' Thursdays at 8pm Eastern, begins 1/17/08
  • Small Business Coaching  ' Tuesdays 5 pm Eastern, begins 1/08/08
  • North of Neutral: The Positive Psychology Master Class: - Christopher Peterson, Ph.D. to be announced.

More Info at

C.  Ben's Speaking Engagements:

NEW Ben will be presenting on “Coaching and the Science of Gratitude' in Dallas, Houston and Baltimore--March 2008. MORE


“Is Coaching Right For You?  What You Need To Know Before Taking the Leap.'  One Day Seminar.  31st Annual Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.  March 13-16, 2008 Washington, D.C.  MORE
Keynote: "Coaching and Gratefulness".  Sixth Annual MentorCoach Conference.  Bethesda Grand Hyatt Hotel.  Bethesda, Maryland.  April 11-13, 2008.




Warm, end-of-year gratitude to three amazing people: Mary Judd, Bob Siegfried, and Sunny Bain.


About Ben Dean

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  psychologist, founder of MentorCoach, and...



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