Are you in your Happy Place?

The unfortunate truth is that urban planners aren’t thinking of your happiness when they create places to live. It’s up to us to weigh the positives against the negatives when choosing a place to live and making the most of it when we’re stuck.

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Me, Off Antidepressants

After almost ten years on antidepressants, this was a step that I wanted to share. It’s a way to let people know that maybe we don’t have to resign ourselves to a reliance on pills. If they make you feel better or they don’t make you feel better, maybe it’s not the only way.

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Ending the Negative Thought Loop

I was plagued by negativity. The more negative thoughts I had, the more depressed I became and the more depressed I became, the more negative thoughts I had. It was a vicious cycle of unhappiness.

To break the cycle and get to where I am today, I had to start addressing my thoughts. I had to identify with a new motto, write a new story, and create a new default setting for my inner dialogue.

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How to Manage Stress Naturally

As part of my path to being happy, managing stress was, and still is, a huge factor in my success. The goal is not to eliminate stress, but to work with it. It’s impossible to get rid of stress because as long as we are modern humans, we’re going to face situations that provoke it. Learning to cooperate with my response to stress is how I’ve taken control of my emotional well being.

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Momentum: 6 Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself

I have some good news and some bad news about motivation.

The bad news is that motivation isn’t a muse bestowed upon the worthy. The good news is that motivation is a skill. You can generate motivation, just like you can cultivate happiness and relationships. If that sounds like it takes work, well, it does. But the results are unquestionable.

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Nature and Nurture: Surrounding Ourselves with Happiness

It’s clear that there’s no one internal or external factor that causes depression. That may be unfortunate to some, but I believe that should give us hope; we’re not completely beholden to our genes or our life experiences.

If environmental and external factors constitute any significant portion of depression (and research seems to tell us they do) then we can focus on manipulating our personal environments to be happier.

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