Category: happiness

3 Simple Reasons for Why You’re Still Anxious

Nobody is born calm. And life gets messy from that first breath on. If you’re fortunate enough to be raised by stable, loving parents, you may grow up with heightened expectations about how life should be, which could cause you to fall short in the thick skin category. And if your parents were Fly-Off-the-Handle Harry […]

3 Easy Breathing Exercises to Calm an Anxious Mind

A secret to feeling relaxed also happens to be one of the simplest techniques for improving mental health. In fact, you’re doing it right now. But are you doing it right? Whether you have occasional worries or full-blown anxiety attacks, deep-breathing is a must-have for optimal physical health and emotional well-being. Why is deep-breathing so […]

Setting Goals: Less Stress, More Joy

Nothing like the New Year and a clean slate to refresh, rejuvenate and recharge. Talk about unleashing a new you. But there’s a catch—becoming a different person, or a better version of you doesn’t come by wishing. Like the euphoria that comes with having a baby or getting a puppy for Christmas, it’s easy to […]

Wired for Happy’s Most Popular Posts

A special note of gratitude to all of you who continue to make Wired for Happy an inspirational and insightful place to share mental health tips. We still have a long way to go toward ending the stigma of mental illness, but I assure you each time you practice healthy mental health habits, you’re doing […]

52 Important Mental Health Questions To Ask Yourself As 2016 Draws To A Close

1. What were the best experiences you had this year? 2. When were you the most happy? 3. What people, situations or events caused you to feel sad or depressed? 4. What were the most important things you made happen this year? 5. Did any activities lead to new relationships, partnerships or opportunities? 6. What […]

The Emotion Nobody Wants to Talk About

    There’s no definitive childhood lesson on how to handle anger. Sure, there’s parents to teach us the basics of social and emotional development, teachers who warn us not to be mean, and hot heads around us who modeled how not be be. But when it comes to the mechanics of anger, the majority […]

Happiness and Habits: Make Small Changes, Get Big Results

 Would you celebrate a job promotion with Trader Joe’s Two-buck Chuck, when you could afford a mid-range Cabernet? Probably not. However, forgetting you’re no longer a broke college student would make it easy to mindlessly support this headache-inducing habit. The same principle applies to your mental health. Constantly digesting toxic  words, feelings and reactions takes […]

9 Happiness Habits to Live By

In recent years, the science of happiness has expanded globally. Partly as a result, of research, and also because I’m a psychotherapist, I named my blog, Wired for Happy. The intent is to convey that happiness is largely achieved by practicing healthy habits daily. And you can rewire your mood template by paying close attention […]

Goal Setting: Write it down, make it happen, change your life

Research shows that nearly 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by the second week of February. Despite the best of intentions, most of us fall short. If you’re missing out, it may be time to challenge yourself in a different way. There’s goal setting and then there’s big, lofty goal setting—as in completing 100 repetitions […]

7 Powerful Steps to Overcome Depression Without Medication

There is no health without mental health. In the past decade, depression rates have escalated, and one in four Americans will suffer from major depression at one time in their lives. As a psychotherapist in the trenches with many a depressed client over the years, I am happy to say that depression does not have to […]

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