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August 14, 2013

Tom Shares “A Ha” Moments at the Book Club

June 4, 2013
We were recently forwarded this inspiring and grounding email from Tom Weitzel, who is leading a book club on Up the Mood Elevator.


Hi book club members,

For those of you that were able to participate, you may recall that this week’s topic in our book club discussion was the “Attitude of Gratitude” and that I had shared how, although I agree that being grateful does provide perspective, my struggle was getting beyond agreeing with this in my head to truly feeling it in my heart.

Yesterday morning I had a couple of “a ha” moments and thought I’d share.

I was doing my morning reading and quiet time and read an excerpt from Bill Frist, who was the US Senate Majority Leader, but by trade was a surgeon.  His specialization was organ transplants.  He shared about the process of doing a transplant.  How he will get called out in the middle of the night to fly to some hospital he’s never been to, perform surgery with people he’s never worked with on a patient he’s never met, then fly the organ back to his hospital to perform the transplant.  All of this has to work perfectly.  It cannot take more than 4 hours total, his staff cannot misinterpret blood type or be delayed in prepping the patient for surgery when he arrives, and he cannot make any mistakes in either of the surgeries.  If anything goes wrong, the patient dies.  He can’t put the bad heart back in.  That’s it.  If that happens, he has a family whose loved one was alive a few hours earlier, and who have their hopes up that the person will be “cured,” just to find out that it’s over.  No other options.

Lesson 1:  If I fail, no one dies.

  Fear of failure is a powerful emotion that leads to second guessing and, in sports terms, “playing not to lose” rather than “playing to win.”  No matter how bad I may fail, no one will die.  At the very worst, if I completely fail, people will be inconvenienced, probably irritated, but no one dies.  There’s freedom in understanding that.

Dr. Frist went on to share about going on a medical mission trip to the Sudan.  He was in a remote location that had a one room building with no electricity, no running water, basic surgical tools, and ether for anesthetic.  People travelled for days from hundreds of miles away to receive treatment because it had been years since any medical treatment was available.  He performed surgeries from daybreak until well into the night, using flashlights when it became dark.

Lesson 2:  I’m so spoiled.

  As I was reading this, it occurred to me that I had flipped on light switches without giving a thought to whether or not the lights would come on.  I took a hot shower for as long as I wanted without it even entering my mind that I couldn’t.  Then Cooper (my English Bulldog) came bounding over to me to play and it struck me:  my dog has better medical care available to him than millions of people around the world.  I’m very, very fortunate.

In the Sudan, after doing long hours of surgery, Dr. Frist was told someone wanted “the doctor from America” to visit him.  When he entered the thatched hut, in the dark, he said there was just the image of a man in the corner. When the man saw him enter, he began smiling, which was nearly all the doctor could make out of the man in the dark.  Through a translator, the man went on to describe how his wife and children had been murdered in the civil war and how he had lost his leg and hand from stepping on a land mine.  All the time, Dr. Frist said the man’s smile got wider and wider.  So he asked why he was smiling.  The man’s reply was that Dr. Frist was from America.  In America people have freedom to do what they wanted to do, believe what they wanted to believe, to get the care when needed.  He was smiling because he believed that his sacrifices would ultimately lead to the Sudan having the type of freedom that we have in America.

Lesson 3:  I’m such a baby.

  I get stressed out about projects and deadlines and bills, but here is a guy who has lost his family and literally parts of his body, yet he is not complaining.  He is focusing on the hope he has for the future.  By comparison, my reasons to complain are embarrassing.  I have so much more already, and so much more to hope for in the future.  In the grand scheme of things, we really have won the “life lottery.”  Of the 6 or 7 billion people on the planet, we are among the relative few who were lucky enough to be born here, to have freedoms and conveniences we take for granted, and to have such incredibly menial things to complain about.

So for me, I had a bit of an epiphany this morning.  It’s helped me to feel much more genuine gratitude, which is leading a much better perspective and ultimately a lot of humility.  I’m going to do my best to carry this attitude forward and remind myself of these lessons when I start to get stressed and fall down on the “mood elevator.”

I wanted to share and hope that maybe this could be some encouragement for you as well.

QUOTE: Making the best of what you’ve got

May 30, 2013

“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.” -John Wooden, The Wizard of Westwood

LA Times Festival of Books at USC

April 30, 2013

The LA Times Festival of Books drew a great crowd this year – both in vendors and spectators. Attendees were treated to Southern California’s beautiful weather at its finest.


In partnership with Bigger Dot, the Mood Elevator team showcased the book, lifted moods, and enjoyed the festivities.  


Bigger Dot created a lounge that had cool water, a coffee table, and lounge chairs for readers to take advantage of!


We distributed over 500 book marks this weekend, readers who were asked what their mood was most often answered with “appreciative” – I suppose a free book mark can do that to you!



UPDATE: LA  Times published an article on the thousands that turned out, read it here:,0,2010696.story

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC [sneak peek]

April 19, 2013
LA times book festival

Swing by the Bigger Dot booth this weekend and pick up a copy of Up The Mood Elevator along with a free Mood Elevator card!

We will have 2 Mood Elevator Staffers on hand from 11:00am on to answer your questions!

Center for Spiritual Living in Seal Beach

Center for Spiritual Living Seal Beach

Listen to Larry talk with Rev. Joshua Reeves about The Mood Elevator, having kids later in life, and the power of gratitude on this very engaging podcast.

  View their website here:

and listen to the podcast directly here: – also available on iTunes, just search “The Mood Elevator”

Larry Senn on Inside Personal Growth Podcast

Larry Senn on Podcast

Listen to it here on Greg Voisen’s website: Synopsis from Greg’s Site:
Larry Senn the author of “Up the Mood Elevator” is one of the most engaging and interesting authors I have interviewed in quite sometime.

As you listen to our interview together you certainly will see why he wrote about moods and living life at your best. Larry is the co-founder of a organizational consulting firm called Senn Delaney which just merged with Heidrick and Struggles. The work that Larry has been involved in for the last 40 years has been cultural and personal transformational consulting. At its core, Larry will tell you that if people don’t change, then the organization has no chance of changing.

His new book “Up the Mood Elevator” is packed solid with profound principles, fascinating concepts and practical tools to improve one’s ride up and down the mood elevator. As Larry states in our interview once you understand what causes your mood and emotional changes, the better prepared you are to manage them successfully. I encourage you to listen and learn while Larry Senn and I explore the in and outs , ups and downs of moods and the simple ways we can control our minds to have a better ride on the mood elevator.

Mood Elevator Book Review by Professor M.S. Rao

March 29, 2013
Professor MS Rao

This review was passed on to us from the distinguished Professor M.S. Rao in India – he is a top leadership consultant in India and a thought leader in the leadership industry.

Here is the Review for Up the Mood Elevator: Living Life at Your Best:

What are the details of the book?
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

If you want to achieve success without stress, you read this book.  If you want to be equipped with tools and techniques to lead a peaceful and happy life, you read this book.  If you want an international authoritative resource on balancing your personal, professional and social life, you read this book.  Larry Senns’s book titled, Up The Mood Elevator: Your Guide to Success Without Stress contains 228 pages with 21 chapters including activities and information and index.  Larry hits the bull’s eye with his well punched ideas, insights and striking stories.

What is worthwhile?
Larry Senn needs no introduction.  He is Chairman and Founder of Senn Delaney a global organizational culture-shaping firm committed to having a positive impact on the world by creating thriving cultures which enhance both the spirit and performance of organizations. He has worked with dozens of Fortune 100 CEOs, governors of U.S.states, University Presidents and members of two U. S. president’s cabinets. He is passionate about people and wants to make a difference in the lives of others. Hence, you can imagine the takeaways from this book.

What is inside?
Larry shares with you some profound principles, fascinating concepts and practical tools to improve your ride on your own Mood Elevator. The Mood Elevators depicted in the book are hypothetical ones. They are based on Larry’s own experience and input from hundreds of groups and tens of thousands of people attending seminars designed or conducted by Senn Delaney.

Larry reveals when it comes to life success and satisfaction, EQ trumps IQ. The good news is that EQ can be learned, whereas IQ is fairly static.  We deal better because we are more observant when we are up the Mood elevator. We listen better, we see more and are more open to possibilities. As a result, people with higher EQ have better support systems, better networks and better relationships. They have more resources at their disposal.

Larry shares his personal and professional experience in this book. For instance, he explains his firm, Senn Delaney does with leaders and businesses around the world. It took years of trial and error in coaching leaders and leading seminars to find easy ways to help people understand the Mood Elevator and how to better ride it.

Larry emphasizes on EQ for better relationships. It appears like a biographical book and helps others learn lessons to do better.  He highlights some concepts that are very helpful and makes them easy to apply in everyday life. He lists out lots of companies which is a value addition for this book.  It is a practical guide to find meaning to your life and enjoy the journey of your life by balancing work and life.

The book contains beautiful quotes. It is written in a simple and easy to understand language.  The flow is good and natural throughout the book. Larry shares anecdotes and stories from his real life connecting with readers quickly. The entire book outlines how you elevate yourself constantly.

It is a well researched book backed with latest research findings. It helps underperformers transform into peak performers. Larry knows how to balance his personal, professional and social life. He highlights health, mind, peace, love, performance and success.  He is a fitness freak and is very passionate to elevate the moods of others and desires to make a difference in the lives of others.

What are the takeaways?
  • Self-awareness – coupled with awareness of those around us – is part of the answer to high emotional intelligence; so is living life at our best and having more success with less stress.
  • Having knowledge, skills or even a high level of intelligence does not necessarily equip us to live the most successful or fulfilling life. This is especially true in stressful situations. It’s when we may need it most that we aren’t always able to see what we must in order to make the right choices in life.
  • Worry has its own feeling too. It is usually not as intense as anger, but it can be even more unsettling.
  • We need to starve – not feed – the flames of anger.  The fuel is our escalating thoughts.
  • When life throws you a curve, you can go to angry or depressed mode or you can put your energy into what you can learn from the situation and what creative solutions might help get you of it.  This requires a curious mind.
  • To be human means there are times for joy and times for sorrow; times to laugh and times to cry; times to be confident and times to be insecure; times to be loving and times to be angry.
  • Man was meant to live life in cycles. To live life at the fullest and at our best, we need to create our own “cycles” of stretch and recover in many aspects of our lives.
  • Up to 90% of adults with depression are found to have sleep difficulties. Sleep provides time for our body and mind to recover. The mind slows, especially during deep non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. It shifts from alpha to delta waves, which are therapeutic and restful.
  • As we age, our joints and tendons contract and we become less flexible. We need to apply “stretch and recover” model to joints and tendons too. Yoga is a great way to stretch as well as quiet the mind.
  • If you want to be happier, forget the myth that achievements or acquisitions will bring happiness; instead, focus on the kinds of activities you engage in and the thoughts you feed.
  • A gratitude perspective also helps us create more success with less stress because it boosts our emotional intelligence.
  • Exercise also brings with it an intake of oxygen and deeper breathing.
  • Self-talk can also make a difference in managing moods.
  • People who have a high emotional intelligence (EQ) and are aware of their moods have better relationships.  They manage the Mood Elevator better, get along with others better and create better networks that lead to better success in life.
  • Faith and hope are often linked because faith gives one hope, and hope creates possibilities and healthier, more resourceful thinking.

What is the recommendation?
The book contains pearls of wisdom. This is a good resource for learners and leaders.  Anyone who wants to lead a balanced life, this is the best book. It is an amazing book that elevates your moods to the highest levels; and unlocks your potential to achieve all-round success in your life. I wish I had this book long ago. Enjoy reading this book to provide meaning to your life!



Reviewer Bio:
Professor M.S.Rao is an international leadership guru and an internationally recognized leadership educator, executive coach, speaker, and consultant. He has 32 years of experience, and the author of 18 books including 21 Success Sutras for Leaders He has been honored as an upcoming International Leadership Guru by Leadership Gurus International URL:  and listed as one of the leading achievers around the world in Marquis Who’s Who in the World in 2013 (30th Pearl Anniversary Edition).  He serves as an Advisor and Board Member for several prestigious international organizations including American Institute of Business Psychology (AIOBP), USA. – The #1 internationally accredited coach training program for professional business and personal coaches. URL:   and Global Leadership Awards, Malaysia. He coined an innovative teaching tool – Meka’s Method; leadership teaching tool – 11E Leadership Grid; and new leadership tool – Soft Leadership Grid, based on his new leadership style, ‘Soft Leadership’ copyrighted with Jossey Bass. He successfully led a webinar on Soft leadership organized by International Leadership Association URL:  He is ranked as No.1 among the speakers in India as per reviews on vide link: His Amazon book URL:  and ORCID URL: You can email at  and visit his blogs  and Follow him on Twitter at @professormsrao.

Moods – They’re everywhere!

March 7, 2013
collage of moods