The Nature of Happiness: "Finding Your Bliss"

One of the most profound questions we can answer is, "what does happiness mean?" There is no one right answer to this question. Contemplating what happiness means to you is the first step in being able to be truly and sustainably happy. The second step is making happiness a definite goal, with actions to take and trackable progress. After we have created our happiness goal, it is time to take action. All of this sounds easy. In reality, it is quite hard. It is hard because it requires us to be completely honest with ourselves about what happiness means to us. For some, it is contentment and joy; for others, it is challenge and change. Whatever it is for you, it is achievable. The key is owning your definition of happiness.How you define happiness is your truth, and there is power in owning it. With power comes the ability to take action and create change. When you are unhappy or dissatisfied with your life, you are the only person who can change this. Others can help you, but you must do the work. Defining what would make you happy and deciding how important each aspect of happiness is for you creates a clearer picture of what would truly create happiness in your life. For example, many people would list making or having more money as a key component of them becoming happy. It is vital to ask, “What would more money get you?” If it is travel, there are many jobs that include travel. If it is more free time, there are many flexible jobs that pay a living wage. If it is security, what areas of your life are you trying to secure with money? (read more…)

Letting Go of Yesterday and Celebrating Today


As we approach hanami season in Japan, now is the best time to start celebrating yourself. In life we can get so caught up in doing what we need to survive that we can forget do to what we need to thrive. Struggling instead of striving can impact every aspect of our lives. Whether we struggle or strive is one part circumstances and one part mindset. We cannot always control our circumstances or thoughts, but we can strive to be forward-facing and positive. (read more…)

Overcoming Depression


The first step in overcoming depression is recognizing that you are depressed. Some of the signs and symptoms of depression are insomnia, irritability, fatigue, decreased interest, a sense of hopelessness and despair. Depression can last a few weeks or several years. Depression can come and go and strike out of the blue, with no clear reason why. When depression strikes, there are some things you can do to limit the impact it has on your life. (read more…)

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