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We all strive for happiness, don’t we? We want satisfaction and contentment with our families, our careers, our social lives — with ourselves, overall.

But what makes one person happy might not make another person happy, or another, or another. And what makes you happy today might not make you happy tomorrow.

Perhaps the Peanuts gang sang it best:

Happiness, is being alone every now, and then
And happiness, is coming home again.
Happiness is, morning and evening,
Daytime and nighttime too.
For happiness, is anyone, and anything, at all
That’s loved, by you!
“Happiness,” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Notice all the differences there? Morning and evening? Daytime and nighttime?

Happiness is unique to each of us, and can be as simple or as difficult as we make it.

This edition’s best blog posts focus on ways to identify and achieve your own personal happiness — and root out the things keeping you from it.

5 Distinct (and Surprising) Habits of Happy People
(Neuroscience and Relationships) — Wait a minute: If happiness is unique to each person, how can a set of habits help every person? Because every person can apply each of these habits in some personal way. Dr. Athena Staik explains how certain habits that might otherwise bring pain and embarrassment — such as curiosity and courage — actually can help you become happier.

Are All the Good Men/Women Already Taken?
(Building Relationship Skills) — Relationship troubles are a source of unhappiness and dissatisfaction for many people. Linda and Charlie Bloom understand finding a romantic life partner can be a daunting task, but also point out that some of us crawl under the “all the good ones are taken” umbrella to avoid the “rejection, disappointment, pain, or loss that can accompany the quest for love.” However, instead of telling us how to find the good ones, the duo outlines what to expect from ourselves, first.

Mindfulness: What You May Not Know
(Character Strengths) — Consider it Mindfulness 102. Dr. Ryan M. Niemiec wants to build on our basic understanding of mindfulness, including how mindfulness programs can “launch participants toward greater awareness, coping, well-being, and strength.”

Questionable Diagnoses: Are We Really That Ill?
(Caregivers, Family, & Friends) — Ever feel like you or someone you care for has been misdiagnosed? Talk about feeling frustrated, anxious, and maybe even powerless. Tamara Hill recognizes that mental illness exists, but also ponders the ways in which professionals determine whether something is a mental illness or a “symptom of life itself.” Hill outlines six of what she says are the most frequently misused and abused diagnoses (with depression and anxiety among them).

Exploring Your Personal Body Myths
(Weightless) — How many times have you thought, “I’d be happy if I could just [lose five pounds/wear that bikini/have a flatter stomach]”? What about, “I can’t [go over 110 pounds/wear shorts with these thighs/love my body if it looks like this]”? Margarita Tartakovsky is right there with you, only she’s realized that these thoughts are myths — not facts — and that by exploring the validity and effects of these ideas, we can loosen our grips and pave the way for healthier bodies and happier minds.



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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 26 Jul 2013
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APA Reference
Sparks, A. (2013). Best of Our Blogs: July 26, 2013. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 25, 2015, from


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