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Is Happiness Overrated?

It’s something we all desire. But it’s like chasing the end of the rainbow. It’s impossible to be happy all the time. And would we really want to be?

This is the time of year when promises for a hopeful future sizzles in the sun of what is. This could set us up for incredible disappointment if what we want seems unattainable. If we’re not happy, we’re failing right?

While “negative” moods are hardly celebratory worthy, they do have its purpose in our lives. Maybe the goal isn’t to rid ourselves completely of unfavorable emotions (which would be impossible anyway), but to let whatever emotions we feel get its own time in the sun. In acknowledging and accepting them, you might find they’re not as intolerable as you think.

Why not practice self-acceptance by having a little more compassion for those darker moods this week? There’s a lot of intriguing stuff here from understanding the relationships between stress and depression, mental illness and homelessness and healthy parenting and childhood wounds. And once you’ve spent enough time accepting those difficult emotions, you’ll also get tips on taking care of yourself and learning to start your day with a more positive mindset. It’s a nice mix of light and dark to help you get through your week.

{Flickr photo by onebrowncookie}

{Flickr photo by onebrowncookie}

Stress, Brain Changes, and Depression
(Cultivating Contentment & Happiness) – A new and fascinating study finds that stressful conditions can actually prolong depression. Learn more about the detrimental impact stress has on your brain here.

Mentally Ill Swelling Homeless Ranks
(No Family Madder) – It’s unavoidable. We can turn our heads, but we can’t ignore it. Homelessness is a growing problem, not just for those without roofs over their heads, but for all of us. Find out the facts and faces behind homelessness and what mental illness has to do with it.

Prepare for Parenting by Healing Your Childhood Wounds
(Attachment Matters) – Should you trust your intuition when responding to your children? Only if you’ve first checked in with yourself. Read why healing your childhood wounds is imperative to creating a healthy relationship with your child.

A Key Question To Ask Yourself Every Day
(Weightless) – Here’s one of the most powerful things you can do to take care of yourself and get tips on how to do it daily.

How to Start Your Day Happy
(Divine Intuition) – Got up on the wrong side of the bed? It’s not too late to change your state of mind. Here are 5 creative ways to wake up happy every day.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Jan 2014
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2014). Best of Our Blogs: January 14, 2014. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 18, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/01/14/best-of-our-blogs-january-14-2014/

 

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