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As a therapist I often see people searching for fulfillment and meaning in their lives. Many people come into my office trying to figure out why they have so many beautiful things in their lives, but are unable to enjoy life. They often seek therapy because they are feeling unsettled and unhappy. This seems to not just be an individual struggle, but a societal struggle as well. It appears that as a society we have an abundance -- but we are struggling with high levels of depression and left feeling unsatisfied despite all of the beautiful stuff we surround ourselves with .
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I've made no secret of the fact that I am someone who has a history with depression and eating disorders; in fact I've written about this here and here. I'm also someone who has used my past battles a...
There is plenty of evidence showing that living in a constant state of emotional turmoil that is, in a constant state of lack of inner peace, will compromise a person's immune system as well as their mental health.
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Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I'm 45 years old. I'm single. I've never been in a committed relationship. I don't have kids. My parents both died when I was in my mid-30s. I've been estranged from my oldest sister for about 20 years. I have profound hearing loss, due to deformed cochleas, and I identify as "hard of hearing."
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We were conditioned to think success means getting good grades, graduating from a good school, always making safe decisions, maintaining a stable job, owning a nice new(ish) house, happily raising happy kids, having an effortless marriage to a passionate caring spouse.
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Do we really want to feel happy all the time? Is every moment a choice to feel happy? I don't think so. In fact I think that would create an inauthentic and boring world. We need all of our emotions. They all have purpose, and they are all there to assist us in moving forward and growing in life.
The definition of a traditional career does not lend well in today's innovation and technology driven economy. Workplaces are changing. No longer must you come into the office everyday for business meetings when you can stay at home and with a click of a button, video conference with executives around the world.
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I've always touted myself as a health conscious person with a passion for fitness, but it is only in the recent years that I realize I've been doing things and thinking about things all wrong. Here are a few of the good health habits I've adopted in my 30s.
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In addition to being among the healthiest worker bees, commuters who cycle to work are also the happiest, according to a new research. Maybe it's because cyclists don’t need to deal with being pushed...
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A recent review has found ideas on happiness vary greatly according to culture. Mohsen Joshanloo and Dan Weijers of the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand say that while happiness is the...
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A new survey has found that self-acceptance is the "healthy habit" people struggle with most. The U.K. charity Action for Happiness, in conjunction with online behavioural change program Do Something...
Everyone finds their own trusted method of making themselves smile. There are countless ways that people search for happiness, but we’ve whittled it down to ten tips to be happy in your daily life. Sp...
Have you ever met someone who is so cheerful, you can hardly believe it's real? Sometimes it's not real. Some people can put on a big smile and act like there is nothing wrong with the world, but secr...
This somewhat over-used suggestion about "singing like no one is listening" and "dancing like no one is watching" is simply a poetic way to say, "seize the day," and there are many ways to do that. Want to know a secret? Sometimes I do burst into song. Are you ready to give it a try?
There is one inalienable truth about happiness. Grumpy old men, and women, are not grumpy whatsoever -- contrary to popular myth. In fact, this truth remains the most contrarian of all research on happiness, and, to the best of my knowledge, is still the most evidence-based.
Is it more important to have a contented love relationship or achieve your full potential? Which outcome will make you happiest... and does it have to be a choice?
Offer advice that has someone else's best interests at heart, not yours. In my experience, many young women give their girlfriends advice, particularly that which relates to the love life, and it reflects on their current situation rather than on their girlfriend's situation.