Category: happiness

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 […]

Feeling Your Feelings: What You Need to Know

“No one ever died from their feelings, but millions have died from abusing substances in the name of avoiding their feelings.” —Unknown Avoiding pain is a natural response. Pain is nature’s way of telling us we’re not physically safe. Emotional pain alerts us that something is not going well in our lives, and in order […]

Calming Your Anxious Mind — Setting Healthy Boundaries

Healthy boundaries are the key to emotional well-being. After all, you teach people how to treat you. Check out this short video below from the Calming Your Anxious Mind module via Team Happy, for a recap of the essentials steps to adopting a peaceful mindset, where you manage your anxiety, and not the other way […]

Calming Your Anxious Mind: Overcoming Anger

Anxiety and anger may not seem connected. Anxiety is often associated with fear, and fear is not typically associated with powerful emotions like courage. While it takes courage to stand up to someone and tell them why you’re feeling upset with them, most people would not label anger as a typical symptom of anxiety. After […]

Calming Your Anxious Mind: Holistic Stress Relief

The good news for those of us who are wired to be more anxiety sensitive, is that calm is an inside job. Meaning we can cultivate an emotionally healthy mindset through intentional acts of calm daily. The bad news? We have to work harder at mindfulness, meditation, deep-breathing, and reframing unhealthy thoughts. Have no fear, […]

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