I’d argue that our most challenging enemy isn’t the obstacle in front of us. It’s not the fact that our child/partner is being difficult or things just aren’t going well. It’s our attitude, our perception of what we’re encountering right now that directs our life.

When you look at successful, happy people, they aren’t blessed with an easy life. On the contrary, most have suffered, struggled and climbed their way out of deep wells to survive. Peace, happiness, well-being are there for all of us. The key is to trick our eyes into seeing the road ahead not as a challenging, unforgiving, unwanted obstacle. But to view it simply as an opportunity.

Whatever you’re going through right now could feel like the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe you feel unheard or misunderstood by a friend or family member, or you’re undergoing significant and unwelcome changes in your life. Even though you feel stuck or helpless, you do have choices. Our bloggers this week highlight a few things you can do right now to change your situation. Scroll down to find out how you can, for example, reconnect with others by spending a few minutes practicing mindfulness or learn ways you can start taking care of yourself. It’s not the easier path to stop playing victim and be a victor. But it’s a road that will inevitably lead toward a happier, healthier life.

Effective Mental Healthcare for All: Improving Mental Health Disparities
(Therapy That Works) – Mental health disparity exists because of the lack of cultural awareness involved in treatment. Here Clinical Psychologist, Dr. L. Kevin Chapman discusses some of the issues responsible for mental health disparities today with recommendations on how we can eliminate them in the future by improving mental health treatment for minorities.

Sex Addiction, Paraphilias, and Offending… Oh My!
(Sex & Intimacy in the Digital Age) – What are the differences between sexual addiction, paraphilic behavior, and sexual offending? This post details the differences, provides a definition for each and explains how they are interrelated.

2 Mindful Minutes to Better Relationships
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – It takes just two minutes to reconnect. If you’re feeling isolated or separate from, or frustrated with a co-worker, a family member, or a friend, listen to this two minute video and feel a greater sense of compassion and connection with anyone in your life.

Mindful Parenting? First, Self-Care!
(Mindful Parenting) – Self-care is one of those high priority tasks that doesn’t seem so high priority when you’re sick, trying to get ahead in your career, or being a parent. Yet it’s most important. Learn what four things this blogger is doing to take better care of herself.

Embracing Change, The Great Teacher
(Parenting Tips) – Most people perceive change as a four letter word. It’s scary, uncomfortable, and overwhelming. But it’s also exciting and gives us an opportunity for self-growth. Go here to discover the five lessons you and your children can learn from change.