Oftentimes it’s not that we don’t want to be happy, but we’re too afraid of taking the necessary steps to get what we want. It goes something like this. You or someone you know continues to complain about their current job or employer, but they never do anything about it. Or it’s not a job, but a relationship, a desire to seek help, or an inability to cope that’s causing you unhappiness. But fear prevents you from doing what’s required to invite positive change in your life.

If you have ever put happiness on hold out of fear, I feel for you. The journey is often lined with disappointment, hopelessness and discouragement. But there is hope.

This week our bloggers will show you new ways to tackle old problems. And it’s all in an effort to help you make small, tiny, doable changes now to give you confidence to make those big, intimidating ones in the long run. Whether you are overcoming a fear of rejection or finding a way to cope with food or anxiety, it’s an opportunity to finally stop wishing for the life you want and start living it.

Building Identity
(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – If you fear letting your true self be known because of the possibility of rejection, you need to read this. A change in perspective could help you find the intimacy you’re looking for.

How to Create a Timeline: The Power of Re-working Your Life’s Story, 1 of 2
(Neuroscience & Relationships) – Ready to take back control of your life? This powerful exercise will give you the insight you need to understand how what you think about affects your life.

Slowing Down, Not Rushing To Food When Strong Emotions Strike
(Weightless) – When you feel overwhelmed with emotions you go straight to food. What do you do to start coping better? Two experts address one commenters important question.

10 Rules for Coping with Panic: Rule #2 (Part 2)
(Panic About Anxiety) – One fact about the bodily sensations that often accompany anxiety is intended to help you cope. But as blogger Summer Beretsky demonstrates in her post, digesting this nugget of truth while helpful, may not make the process easier.

5 Important Skills For Suicidal Teens And Families
(Therapy Soup) – What is DBT and how can it help your teen? In this post, Dr. Alec Miller identifies 5 important skill-sets that help suicidal teens and their families.