Life is such an interesting mix of push and pull. There are some things, for example, that require us to go beyond our comfort zone less we become too complacent in life. At the same time, there are things that can’t be forced, like our moods, relationships, and even our happiness.

It reminds me of the ocean. As a child, I watched as the water seemed to flow with the current and against it in order to make those great big waves that peaked at its crest and fell back onto the sand.

To stay afloat in the world and current of the times, we may need to take note from the ocean and find our own balance. This may mean trying social media as a new way to increase our support system. It may also mean discovering new ways to be happy or confronting a loved one who may be depressed.

Obviously, life is not easy. And venturing outside what’s familiar and embracing, not resisting change, takes a considerable amount of courage and the ability to manage discomfort, fear and the unknown. We’re not meant to be static creatures. We’ve been falling down and picking ourselves up since we were children. Like the ocean, we must move with the flow of change while resisting the things that are just not working in our lives. 

You Want to Be Happy? Bring this Essential Ingredient Back into Life
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – We work so hard these days. Sometimes the belief that hard work and discipline can also bring happiness is so drilled into us that we neglect the one thing that can truly make us happy-play. Read about the 5 ways you can start inviting it back in this weekend.

How Many Digital Friends Do You Have? Facebook, Intimate Relationships, and Well-Being
(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Who would have thought that online social networking would be key to our relationship with others? Maybe we wouldn’t have predicted it, but research shows its having a big impact on our support system and consequently our well-being.

Improve Your Emotional and Spiritual Well-Being: 8 Easy, Everyday Tips
(Dialectical Behavior Therapy Understood) – In celebration of spring, this post offers 8 ways to savor the new season with tips to help get reconnected with nature and feel more at peace physically and emotionally.

Depression in Men
(Partners in Wellness) – Did you know that depression can show up very differently in men than in women? Although the DSM-IV-TR doesn’t differentiate between them, there are startling differences that may make identifying depression in men difficult. This lists symptoms and steps to take if you’re concerned that your partner may be depressed.

Brush Up On Your People Skills, Read a Novel
(Real World Research) – Finally, someone’s found an argument for reading fiction over non-fiction. Here’s why reading fiction isn’t a waste of time and how it could actually improve your social skills.