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As we get older, it’s easier to succumb to disappointment and negativity. What was once a minor upset, becomes intolerable. When dreams get overlooked, abandoned and replaced with a sense of hopelessness everything becomes a big blow. It’s our scoop of ice-cream that fell off the cone before we took the first bite all over again, but times a hundred.

We often don’t realize that there is no way to avoid disappointment and failure. We can attempt to escape it temporarily by isolating ourselves or by denying our expectations of happiness. But all that does is increase our pain when an unexpected bout of disappointment shows itself. And it will. That’s hardly living, but living in fear of our next failure.

The trick to growing older with ease is to strengthen our emotional muscles. And remember that we survived through worse before and will again. This week you’ll discover new ways to be happy and help those you love seek the help they need. Truthfully, the only way to deal with disappointment is to actually deal with them. Being alive means we will always encounter disappointments, but confronting, not avoiding them is our best shot at truly living our lives. Once we’ve garnered the courage to overcome these obstacles, we’ll learn to stop crying over spilled ice-cream so we can get up faster and move on.

A Simple Trick to Reduce Stress and Create a Happier Brain
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Who knew happiness was right in front of you? If you’re feeling stressed these days, you’re certainly not alone. Fortunately, this easy trick could reduce your stress and increase your sense of connection with someone you love.

The Challenges Of Treating High-Functioning Addicts (And How To Overcome Them)
(Addiction Recovery) – High-functioning addicts need help, but getting them to seek it is often an obstacle for treatment. This post not only describes some of the challenges of recovery, but provides helpful ways to overcome those challenges.

Four Study Tips You Might Not Expect!
(Always Learning) – You may be disappointed with your child’s less than stellar academic performance. But instead of perceiving them as lazy, spoiled or unmotivated, Leigh says there are other factors that could be contributing to their lack of academic success.

How Much Porn is Too Much Porn?
(Sex & Intimacy in the Digital Age)  – Porn is highly accessible these days. And that can lead to serious consequences for those who have become addicted. Find out if your use of porn has escalated into addiction and what you can do about it.

Is Your Partner “Moody” or Is It Bipolar Disorder?
(Partners in Wellness) – If you’ve ever wondered if you or someone you know has bipolar disorder, you need to see this. The line between moody and bipolar disorder may seem like a gray area. But after reading this it may all seem a lot clearer.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 20 Mar 2012
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2012). Best of Our Blogs: March 16, 2012. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 19, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/03/16/best-of-our-blogs-march-16-2012/

 

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