I went on a trip to Las Vegas recently. Being surrounded by lights, the sound of money gobbled up by slot machines, and the smell of greed temporarily seduced me into the land where money = happiness. Have you fallen for it before? It’s the hope that money can solve all your problems. It’s the belief that lack can be equated with unhappiness or low self-worth. It’s the same erroneous thought that the perfect body or diet can bring us a better life. We buy into the images sold to us by magazines, TV and movie screens. How can we not? We’re immersed in them.

These posts this week remind me of something my friends and I discovered after countless conversations on wealth and happiness. We realized that our happiest memories were not free of financial worries. In fact, we all had fond memories of our (financially) poor moments. For me, it was renting an apartment with cracked windows, a monstrous heater, a blanket as a couch and an air bed to lay on at night. Maybe it’s only in retrospect that we can fully appreciate these moments. Or maybe like our posts below, it’s a good reminder that we don’t need a lot to be happy.

If you’re going through a challenging time right now, take heart. This week you’ll learn how to use the power of positivity to help you get through your most difficult moments and be happy even when you think there’s nothing in your life to be happy about. 

Going Through a Difficult Time? How Positive Emotions Can Help You Cope

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Going through a tough time right now? This post might help. Learn how a shift in your emotions could manage your stress and bolster psychological resilience.

The Happiest People Don’t Have the Best of Everything

(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Maybe it’s not the stuff that’s going on in your life right now that’s making you unhappy, but your interpretation of a past event. This insightful post will help you rethink the way you perceive negative events.

Bullying In Preschool – Is It Possible?

(Family Mental Health) – It might be difficult to imagine young preschoolers as bullies. Yet, it is a reality for many kids and their concerned parents. Read this post to find out more about preschool bullying and scroll down to the comments to relate with others who have experienced this first-hand.

How To Pick An Effective Eating Disorder Therapist

(Weightless) – Looking for the right eating disorder therapist may be harder than it appears to be. Did you know, for example, that you shouldn’t search for a therapist based on location, insurance coverage or even experience? Find out why, what red flags to watch out for and what qualities you should look for in an effective eating disorder therapist.

Managing Your Emotions: Part 2

(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – A negative event or difficult situation can easily set off an emotionally sensitive person. If you’re having trouble managing your own emotions, read here to go from feeling overwhelmed to feeling in control with these must-read tips.