There are lulls, obstacles and challenges that come with day-to-day life. It’s the silent phone when you’re waiting for a call back from a potential employer/client or a person you really like. It’s the anxiety you feel when you’ve reached a dead end and don’t know what to do next. These moments can feel like torture or even failure. They can transform ordinary events into tragic ones if we let them.

You may find over time, however, that these so-called “negative” events rarely stay this way. If we let things be without judgment, they may reveal themselves to be benign. I’m surprised how often I have had to learn and relearn this simple fact. That things like a breakup, a friend fall out, or loss of a job that seemed to be bad luck at the time, eventually ended up being the best thing that could ever happen to me.

It’s never the events in our lives themselves that have the power to break us. It’s the assumptions we make that have the greatest potential to lift us up or propel us into a downward spiral. What we do with what we are given will determine how we live our lives.

This week our posts are all about helping you live a happier life by shaking up your previous beliefs on topics like passion, anxiety and acceptance, treatment for addiction and bipolar disorder and private practice marketing. It’s all about letting go of our judgments and assumptions about what we label as “negative” or “challenging” or “uncomfortable.” What seems impossible now, could be very possible with the passing of time. We just need to see them through to the end to find out.

What Are You Deeply Passionate About?

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Maybe you believe that passion is not a necessity. You don’t have time for it or you don’t know what you’re passionate about. This post is a great reminder of why it’s important to make pursuing your passion a priority.

When a Loved One Has Anxiety: Acceptance Goes a Long Way

(Anxiety & OCD Exposed) – If your loved one has ever come to you with a problem, it’s normal to want to soothe or coach them to better mental health. But there’s something else you can do that will have the greatest impact on those struggling with anxiety. Read how acceptance can help you grow closer while enabling your loved one to make positive changes in his or her life.

The Challenges Of Treating Addicts With Borderline Personality Disorder

(Addiction Recovery) – Did you know that addicts with co-occurring borderline personality disorder are known as some of the most difficult patients to treat? This post is for mental health professionals and individuals with dual diagnosis of addiction and borderline personality disorder. Although there are obvious challenges, successful treatment is possible.

Private Practice Marketing Made Easy

(Private Practice Toolbox) – If marketing and therapy seem to be opposing forces that are not supposed to go together, get ready to be challenged. In this post, Julie Hanks addresses your discomfort and intimidation by revealing the facts behind private practice marketing.

Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in the US and UK

(Bipolar Beat) – Do you know the difference between the DSM and the ICD? This post compares the two in the perspective of diagnosis and treatment for bipolar disorder.