realistic to expect that the goal of life is to be happy all the time. I’m
usually a bit suspicious when I meet someone who is overly happy all the time
and prefer authenticity and the acknowledgement of the full range of one’s
emotions. Emotional literacy, or the ability to effectively identify, label,
understand and act upon my feelings and the feelings of others, is a bonus.
complex psychological-social-emotional-spiritual-physical beings wired to
experience a full range of emotions, including anger, sadness, joy, fear, shame
and more. From a Jungian perspective, it is our journey to acknowledge, explore
and integrate our emotions, leading us to ultimately grow and transform into an
emotionally aware and psychologically balanced individual.
being said, there’s nothing wrong with being happy. To the contrary, we know
that a happy and positive mindset provides distinct practical advantages on
many fronts, including health outcomes, productivity in work, athletic
performance, relationships and more. Thanks to two decades of research in
Positive Psychology, we now know more precisely how to attain and sustain
happiness—it’s clear that when we change our thinking and act repeatedly in
positive ways, our brains rewire themselves and happiness settles into our daily life. Proven strategies
include aiming for a three-to-one ratio of positive to negative experiences and
reframing them, invoking self-compassion, questioning painful assumptions, deepening
gratitude and practicing meditation, prayer and mindfulness.
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I’ve heard people say, “I just want to be happy.” There’s a lot of depth behind
that desire, and most likely a lot of self-exploration and personal growth work
required to accept and integrate all of our experiences and ultimately be able
to choose and cultivate happiness as a mindset.
surprise that one of the most common human desires is happiness. Let this issue
be your gateway for learning how to choose and integrate even more happiness
into your life, as we collectively continue our journey to feel good, live
simply and laugh more.