Everyone is looking for the holy grail of happiness. But what is happiness? Is it something that can be pursued? And is it something that can be sustained? It’s a discussion I have had with friends for decades. One that makes for an interesting debate, but does not give way to a single agreed upon answer.

What do you think about it? What does happiness mean to you?

We posed the question to our Facebook friends and learned that happiness is definitely subjective. But that in general, happiness to them means self-love, gratitude, presence and giving to others. Can you relate?

To me, happiness means a lot of things. It means the knowledge that everything will be okay even during hardship. It is the freedom I have to make choices and the connection through receiving and giving love. It is also the belief that I can live authentically and the hope to pursue my dreams.

This week we’re all about helping you find your own happiness whether it’s through having a positive body image or a positive outlook on life. Have a great weekend and enjoy these posts!

How to Have a More Optimistic Outlook

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Are you a proud pessimist? Well this article may make you change your mind. There are a ton of benefits from having an optimistic outlook on life. If you’re thinking about switching to a more positive team, here is a technique to help you do so.

Being Vulnerable

(Channel N) – This 20 minute video is well-worth the watch. It’s all about courage, self-worth, connection, authenticity, and embracing vulnerability. It is inspiring, moving and potentially life changing.

Building A Positive Body Image & Yoga Practice: Part 2 With Anna Guest-Jelley

(Weightless) – This post says you don’t have to have a perfect body to have a positive body image. In part 2 of an interview with Anna Guest-Jelley, a certified yoga instructor and founder of Curvy Yoga, you will learn tips and resources for building a positive self-image and practicing yoga at home.

How It Can Boost Your Health, Reduce Cortisol and Lengthen Life

(Neuroscience & Relationships) – Did you know conflict can be a good thing? Me either. It makes me regret all the time I spent trying to avoid it. Read this to find out all the benefits of conflict.

Depression and Drugs: We Need to Talk!

(Therapy Soup) – For those of you who work in the field of mental illness and substance abuse, it should come as no surprise that there is a high correlation between the two. But read this for a few things you may not know such as why there is a relationship between mental illness and substance abuse and its implications.