The other day I did the abnormal thing. I switched tracks from the expected, “How are you doing? Fine,” discourse that we all buy into every day. I reached outside of my comfort zone closing the gap between me and an acquaintance.
Every day we put on a mask. That false appearance of positivity gives us a sense of security protecting us from vulnerability. But what happens when we don’t have the energy to do that anymore? And what if appearing perfect, happy and invincible is having a detrimental cost to our well-being?
What I discovered when I took the risk is that connection is healing. It makes us feel less alone. It reminds us we’re all struggling with something and that reminder may be enough to boost someone’s day.
Need more comfort this week? Our top posts will share ways you can be there for yourself and others.
Four Truths About Feelings That Will Set You Free
(Conflict Without Casualties) – You’re able to express your feelings, but you’re still hurting your relationship if you’re doing this.
How Childhood Trauma and Dissociation Result in Horrible Adulthood Problems
(Psychology of Self) – Your lack of self connection is responsible for everything from repressed anger and chronic shame to low self-esteem.
Learning to End Relationships Well
(Radical Hope) – If you are afraid of change, this is the post to read.
The Hidden Emotional Costs of the “Hook-up Culture”
(Healing Together for Couples) – People privately disclose how they really feel about hooking up.
The Most Significant Thing We Can Do for Ourselves Every Single Day
(Weightless) – This is a beautiful reminder of one of the best things you can do to care for and love yourself.