Happiness Articles

The Importance of a Support Structure After a Mental Illness Diagnosis

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

The Importance of a Support Structure After a Diagnosis of Mental IllnessWhen I was diagnosed with schizophrenia eight years ago it was like walking in a fog. I was lost in my delusions, I was confused about what was happening to me and I was trying to grapple with what exactly reality was.

My family was suffering too.

They had no background with mental illness and no frame of reference about what to expect with it.

I had asked for help a few times but they just thought my skewed thinking was a result of smoking marijuana and that once I stopped everything I would be fine. It didn’t click for them until after my first major episode, when they took me to the hospital and I was finally diagnosed.

The Role of Connection in “Her”

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The Role of Connection in "Her"Spike Jonze’s “Her” made its debut in theaters last year. This refreshing and bold narrative emphasizes how connection unfolds in a society where technological advancement can potentially substitute substantial and tangible human contact.

Set in Los Angeles in the near future, “Her” features Theodore Twombly — a kind, lonely and introverted man who’s trying to navigate through the heartache of his recently failed marriage. (I personally found him to be an endearing character who warrants lots of hugs.)

The Healing Power of Animals in Our Age of Technology

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The Healing Power of Animals in Our Age of TechnologyI think I could turn and live with animals, they’re so placid and self-contained,
I stand and look at them long and long.

~ Walt Whitman (1819-1892), Song of Myself, 32

Our bodies and brains are drowning in technology. Hunching behind computer screens and peering at our cells, we are lured by an electronic siren that is steering us into emails, texts, and social media sites on a constant, seven-day a week basis.

The Positive Effects of Heartbreak

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The Positive Effects of HeartbreakI read with every broken heart, we should become more adventurous. ~ Rilo Kiley

My heart hurts, I would say to others. And that kind of emotional pain is not just specific to me or only relevant to my life circumstances. I consider heartache to be a universal truth that comprises the human experience.

However, every cloud has a silver lining, right? I know, I know. It’s incredibly cliche. Once the dust settles — once we are able to process our feelings accordingly and obtain a bit of distance from that gut-wrenching state — while finding some semblance of closure, we could grasp the benefits of heartbreak as well.

Life Lessons: One Father’s Open Letter to His Graduating Son

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

How to Overcome 3 Common Barriers to Success

Some words of wisdom from a father to his son.

Tomorrow you are graduating from high school and preparing to move on to what’s next. It is a surreal moment for me, both as a parent and as a man. In watching you over these last 18 years, I have seen clearly that you have accomplished so much: as a young man, as an actor and as a human being.

Your efforts and grades reflect your unwavering dedication to achievement, and your wanting the best out of life. You have internalized and demonstrated critical lessons in discipline, planning, focus and tenacity. You are on your way.

The Power of Our Personal Stories

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

The Power of Our Personal StoriesThe stories we spin about ourselves shape our lives. These stories shape how we interact with others, and even how they interact with us. They shape how we feel about ourselves and what we think we’re capable of.

These stories shape the decisions we make, everything from the partners we pick to the activities we participate in.

If we spin a story that we’re not good enough, we just might pick a partner who doesn’t treat us very well. If we spin a story that we’re stupid, we might not submit our resume for the job we’ve always wanted because well, we won’t get it, anyway.

Envy, Connection, and the World of Social Media

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Envy, Connection, and the World of Social MediaThis week I decided to delete my Facebook profile. Spring cleaning is in the air and social media is on the list of things to decrease out of my life.

I’ve had a personal Facebook account for several years; last year I worked a contract job where I managed a business Facebook and Twitter page. While I learned a lot participating in the online media realm, I’ve realized that it isn’t quite for me.

Feeling Sad? Try These 5 Ways to Feel Happy Instead

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Active and happy senior woman running at the beachHow to find enduring happiness in your life.

Is it possible to be happy and sad and the same time? This might sound like a trick question, but it really is not. The answer to the question lies in understanding that there are at least 2 ways to understand what happiness is.

The first way of understanding happiness takes happiness to be the opposite of sad. Here we are talking about how you are feeling at the moment, and what your emotional state of the moment is.

Chronically Late? 8 Reasons for Being Late & How to Beat Them

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

white-rabbit-closeupMany people have the habit of constantly running late — and they drive themselves, and other people, crazy.

I have the opposite problem — I’m pathologically early, and often arrive places too soon. (This can be just as annoying, but in a different way. As I write this, I’m realize that I assume that chronic earliness is very rare. But maybe it’s not. Are you chronically early?)

In any event, more people seem bothered by chronic lateness. Feeling as though you’re always running twenty minutes behind schedule is an unhappy feeling. Having to rush, forgetting things in your haste, dealing with annoyed people when you arrive… it’s no fun.

If you find yourself chronically late, what steps can you take to be more prompt?

The Advantages of Being Conflict-Avoidant

Friday, June 6th, 2014

how_to_calm_down_after_a_fightHave you ever been told that you’re conflict-avoidant? Do you cringe in shame when people utter these dreaded words or ones like it? Do you find yourself leveling such accusations toward others?

The pitfalls of avoiding conflict may be obvious. We may conceal our genuine feelings, desires, and viewpoints because we’re afraid of how we’ll be seen or received by others.

5 Ways to Feel More Fulfilled at Work

Friday, June 6th, 2014

5 Ways to Feel More Fulfilled at WorkWe spend the majority of our day at work. So feeling …

Accepting a Diagnosis of Mental Illness

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Accepting a Diagnosis of Mental IllnessI can remember when I was told that I was crazy. It was an apex in my life resulting from nearly two years of skewed thinking and symptoms so bad I could barely leave my house.

The diagnosis came three days into my week-long stay at the Boulder Community Hospital after a spur-of-the-moment trip to the U.N. where I thought I was a prophet.

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