We can hold the horror and the wonder of life at once...it's a more mature and complex stance than simple happiness. It's sober and holds wondrousness and beauty right alongside heinousness and pain. ...
As you well know if you spend any time on Beyond Meds at all, it's important to address and embrace the full spectrum of human emotion including that which is dark and difficult. That said, there is no reason to deny or push away the happy! . … [click on title to read the rest]
This was the promising headline of the cover story from the APA Monitor's October 2010 issue: “Does Marriage Make Us Happy?” The APA Monitor, a monthly publication specifically for mental health professionals, is more popular magazine than scholarly journal. It presents the latest APA-endorsed psychological “research” to practitioners, aiming to improve their service delivery, making it... Continue Reading →
Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we dont get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things dont go as planned.
I was thinking of the nature of happiness the other day. I attempted to find a quote by Socrates on happiness because in high school I was very inspired by a movie I watched in my "mentally gifted minor" class (I don't like "gifted" programs, all kids are gifted if we cater to them instead... Continue Reading →
As a very social person I've known this for years. My mood ALWAYS brightens when I spend time with people. Even if it's someone behind the counter in the store. It's also why I loved to waitress when I was a young woman. I purposely tried to connect with my customers. For some people though... Continue Reading →
Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form. –Thich Nhat... Continue Reading →
Played by unknown street musicians all over the world. This video had me crying tears of joy. (man that is the best darn thing about coming off the meds!! I cry all the damn time and it's just soo GOOD!!!)