Even though it’s part of my job to read all of our helpful posts every week, I have to admit I spend an embarrassing amount of time griping, comparing or wishing things to be different than how it is. So when I have a moment, when I remember all the other things going on that are actually working, I make an effort to say, “Thanks.”

I realized that my current mood can be dependent on what’s going on outside or it can be the result of an intention to be grateful regardless. For example…

I may not have slept well last night. But I did sleep some.

I’m busy, things are crazy, chaotic, stressful. But I’m busy and alive.

I’m not as healthy as I would like to be. But I’m breathing.

Things may not have worked out the way I’d like. But most of the time, it works out better than I planned.

You don’t have to wait for life to be perfect to be happy. I’m reminded by our top post this week that happiness is a choice (just like all of them this week remind us everything is a choice)-not the Pollyanna kind that ignores deeper emotion, but the type that radiates from within.

{Etsy print by HappyLittleGarden}

{Etsy print by HappyLittleGarden}

Can You Choose Happiness?
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – If you’re suffering from chronic pain or illness, the idea that you can somehow control your mood may seem impossible, hurtful even. But this post shows us that you might be unable to change your current situation, but you can find freedom in how you choose to respond to it.

4 Tips to Avoid Excluding and Isolating People Affected by a Mental Health Diagnosis
(Innovating in Organizations) – You may not even realize you do it. Here’s how you could unknowingly be creating an us vs. them mindset that could be hurting others affected by mental illness and even yourself.

How to Be an Example to your Kids While Struggling with your Own Issues
(NLP Discoveries) – Should you be honest with your kids about how you’re really feeling? This post looks at why pretending you feel fine when you don’t is just as bad as burdening them with your problems. Read this to find out what you should do instead.

What Does Mental Health Look Like?
(Her Bipolar Life) – How do you know if what you’re going through is “normal” or if it’s time to seek professional help? Blogger Kat analyzes her current state of mind and researches ways to get back to good mental health.

Are Generic-Drugs Failing Us?
(Mental Health Humor) – Do you know where your generic drugs come from? Playing on the current news about this billion dollar industry, Chato B. depicts the shocking truth about where most generic medications are made.