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Best of Our Blogs: February 8, 2019

I was listening to a recent online wellness class and was moved by what the teacher said. After all you’ve been through, he said, “Don’t you think you deserve to be happy?”

For those who grew up with difficult childhoods, happiness seems like some elusive thing. Even if you knew what would make you happy, you don’t know how to get it. And even if you found happiness, you wouldn’t know how to keep it.

But even if happiness seems unattainable, and you didn’t have many happy moments as a kid, you can still feel happy now. Thinking of happiness this way may help.

Happiness isn’t some big glamorous accomplishment. It’s not a goal. It’s not a permanent state to work towards. Happiness is a fleeting emotion that can be experienced by simple things. And it’s worth pursuing.

Taking a drive to witness a sunset. Reading a beautifully written blog post by someone you can relate to. Laughing with a friend. Discover what’s important to you-memorable moments, seeing something new, art-whatever it is, do that simple thing and watch your mood change. For a moment, you can be happy too.

5 Tips for Women in the Throes of Perimenopause
(The Savvy Shrink) – You thought you were done with all those hormonal life transitions from puberty to motherhood. But if you’re between the ages of 35-50, you might be in perimenopause.

How a Traumatic Childhood Leads to Emptiness and Taking on Unwanted Roles
(Psychology of Self) – Self-erase is a real thing. Here’s the roles of hero, caretaker and normal you took on instead.

The Secret of Staying In Love
(Building Relationship Skills) – It’s not just in movies. Research shows it’s possible to keep the flame alive in your relationship.

Long-Ignored Clues of Childhood Sexual Abuse
(Full Heart, Empty Arms) – In this post, Ivy courageously shares how she discovered she was sexually abused.

Raised by a Parent with OCD Spartanism: The Experience, The Aftermath
(Narcissism Meets Normalcy) – It’s the opposite of hoarding, but it’s as detrimental to your health especially if you were raised by parents with OCD.

Best of Our Blogs: February 8, 2019

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2019). Best of Our Blogs: February 8, 2019. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 27, 2020, from
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