Monthly Archives: November 2015

Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: The Positives of Serving Others


As I’ve found in my own experience, volunteering can be such a positive and valued experience for both the people helping, and the people who need the help. I’d love to share just some of the Positives I’ve observed for volunteers.

1- Be A Part of Something Greater. Often new volunteers find that the “product” — serving homeless people, helping microentrepreneurs, tutoring young mothers on their GEDs, is so meaningful that it’s hard to return to the corporate world. They feel a part of something greater, because it is so definitively clear how they are helping. We all want to feel we are caring for and helping others, and are part of a movement larger than ourselves.

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The Science of Gratitude

Philip Watkins, a professor of psychology at Eastern Washington University, has been conducting research on gratitude since 1996. He has done studies to measure “the three fundamental traits of grateful persons”: sense of abundance, enjoyment of simple pleasures and appreciation of others.

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The Classic Pamela Positive: Words of Wisdom


I am always searching for ways to grow as an individual.  Great authors I love are Bill George & Stephen Covey; great leaders I love are Desmond Tutu and Mother Teresa. \ I came across this inspiring brief film by Andrew Zuckerman, cataloguing what many of our leaders across different sectors, thought about wisdom. I hope you enjoy:

Stay inspired and true.

The Pamela Positive: How Can We Measure Happiness?

Gross domestic product normally measures the well-being of a country: the health of its goods and services.  But the notion of well-being meaning economic well-being, is surely and steadily being overturned.

Starting with Bhutan, this government demonstrated unbelievable foresight by establishing a definition of gross national happiness.  They now send out surveys to measure it, and other countries, such as the UK, France and Brazil, are now following suit.  Many of them are not only refining definitions of what well-being is, but sending out surveys to determine if people are happy; and what might make them happy.

It is no surprise that some people might question the usefulness of this type of survey, but I would posit that even asking is a wonderful endeavor.  It lets people know that they are cared about—so much so, that the government would take the time to formulate and put forth a document capturing and measuring their hopes.  Even further, some cities are using it to inform their public policy.  This helps make our governments more responsive, and our communities safer and stronger.

Happiness is a product of economic freedom, human rights, basic survival, meaningful relationships, spirituality, and ideally, the dream of pursuing what you love.  May these examples continue to become the norm, so that we can live more healthy, fruitful lives.

Here are some of the exciting ways that these Happiness Measurements are taking place:

France performed a study in 2008, concluding that GDP couldn’t fully capture well-being.

Great Britain‘s Office of National Statistics is beginning to measure well-being by asking about happiness and satisfaction.

In Brazil, two impoverished cities took a survey and began creating more public parks in response to what people wanted.

Bhutan‘s king declared in 1972 that “Gross national happiness is more important than gross domestic product.”  They’ve done broad surveys to create a gross national happiness index.

Somerville, Massachusetts included a happiness survey as part of their census, and exploring how they can implement change.

Read more in The Christian Science Monitor: “Somerville, Mass. Aims to Boost Happiness.  Can It?

The Classic Pamela Positive: “When the child welcomes the mother, the mother rushes off to her”


“When the child welcomes the mother, the mother rushes off to her”  – Deborah Santana

I am not someone who cancels meetings or dinners very often, simply because it’s something to reschedule and I like to stay committed.  And yet the main reason I will cancel — as would one of my cherished friends, Deborah Santana — is for family.

Deborah emailed me that she needed to move our dinner, because her daughter invited her to a weekend together in Seattle.  I love what she said, and it warmed my heart… “When the child welcomes the mother, the mother rushes off to her.”  A mother should go to her child first.

There is no more important reason in the world.

Take the Trash Out: Joel Osteen’s Declaration

“I declare I am grateful for who God is in my life and for what he has done. I will not take for granted the people, the opportunities and the favor that he has blessed me with. I will thank him for what I have and not complain about what I don’t have. I will see each day as a gift from God. My heart will overflow with praise and gratitude for all of his goodness. This is my declaration.”

– Joel Osteen
I Declare, “Day Five”


We’ve talked about all the goodness we receive in our lives.  We need to value all the people, opportunities, and joys of life.  Please don’t take a moment for granted.

Joel Osteen encourages us to go beyond. Realize that not only opportunities, but also great love has been bestowed on you by someone. Perhaps a family member, a special friend, or a colleague at work. Take this love given to you and be grateful. If they gave you an opportunity, they are expressing love. 

So receive the love, and give it back in gratitude.   There’s not a moment to be wasted… 

Yet some of us go the other direction when we complain. When we get discouraged. When we don’t think positively. We just filled up our minds, our hearts, our lives and our influence on others with something we should quite frankly throw away.  See complaining for what it is —trash.


If you have been given an opportunity, and we all have been given some gift at some point, then your duty is to not take anything for granted. Everyday is precious.


Take the trash out.  Nullify any complaining.     It’s time to Glorify all the good!

If you are favored, and we all are, then your duty is to not take anything for granted. Everyday Precious.

Take the trash out. Glorify all the good.


Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church. Born in Houston, Texas, Osteen is one of five children of John Osteen and Dolores (“Dodie”) Pilgrim. His father, a former Southern Baptist pastor, founded Lakewood Church where Osteen is the current senior pastor.  For many years, John Osteen encouraged Joel to preach, but he always declined preferring to work behind the scenes. But, in early 1999 Joel felt compelled to accept his father’s invitation and he preached his first sermon on January 17th of that year.  Osteen married Victoria in 1987, two years after Osteen met her when he stopped by the jewelry store her father owned. Their two young children, Alexandra and Jonathan, also take an active role in Sunday services.

In 2004, his first book, Your Best Life Now, was released by Time Warner debuting at the top of the New York Times Bestsellers List and quickly rising to #1. It remained on the New York Times Bestseller for more than 2 years and has sold more than 4 million copies.  Osteen’s popularity led to him being featured as one of ABC News’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2006”, and was named “Most Influential Christian in America” in 2006 by The Church Report.