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Best of Our Blogs: January 16, 2015

“Every day you have to choose and cultivate your own happiness.” – Reese Witherspoon

I remind myself of that every time I’m faced with uncertainty, difficulty or an inability to accept things and people as they are. Inherently, I was born to fight. Somewhere deep within there is a voice that says, “If things are not the way you want it to be, change it!”

And most times I do.

I push myself to exercise when I’m tired.

I force myself to write when I’m uninspired.

I find a way when I’ve reached a dead end.

But what I’m still working on is surrender. I forget that there is as much power and courage in acceptance as there is in fighting, and in being as there is in doing.

Happiness is a choice. Sometimes that means not fighting the fight. Sometimes that means finding acceptance, gratitude and peace with the moment as messy, imperfect and difficult as it is. Sometimes it means giving yourself permission to stop fighting and rest.

Whether you need to take action or take a break, our top 5 posts will support you on the road to success and happiness.


How do doctors distinguish grief from depression?
(Depression On My Mind) – Bereavement, grief, complicated grief, depression and major depression are all devastatingly difficult emotions to bear. But how does one differentiate between the other? Christine puts herself in the shoes of a clinician to understand the difficulties in proper diagnosis.

Burnout: The Overworked Mental Health Professional
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – Is the mental health therapist you’re working with burnt out? Read 4 common signs to watch out for. It could save you from receiving compromised treatment.

Can You See What’s RIGHT With This Picture (Literally)?
(Stress Better) – Catch yourself pointing on your loved one’s unwanted, negative behavior more than you praise their character strengths? Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, this post teaches us how to zoom in on what’s right.

6 Essential Tips to Reduce Your Stress and Anxiety
(Your Best Self) – Got stress? If you’ve encountered fear on the road to success, try these stress and anxiety busting tips.

Feeling Lonely Pursuing Your Goals? Try These Five Things
(Commitment Strategies) – Think the path toward success is buzzing with social support and love? Not always. It can be a lonely road toward your goals, but these five rules can help.

Best of Our Blogs: January 16, 2015

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. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: January 16, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 5, 2020, from
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