Tell yourself the truth EVEN IF it makes you happy

In virtually any discussion on optimism and the pursuit of happiness, SOMEONE is almost guaranteed to utter some variation of the following: “Optimism is good, but it’s also important to be honest and not delude ourselves about the real stuff that’s going on in the world.” Usually, when these sorts of statements are made, the word “honest”… Continue reading Tell yourself the truth EVEN IF it makes you happy

You can be happy even if you’re unhappy pt 3

This post is a continuation of You can be happy even if you’re unhappy pt 2. I ended with point #2 of 4. Let’s delve in at #3. Enjoy… 3) Find an empowering way to process unwanted situations by emphasizing the elements which feel best. Take action steps in that direction when you can. I may seem like… Continue reading You can be happy even if you’re unhappy pt 3

You can be happy even if you’re unhappy

Here’s a distinction I’ve found to be useful: There’s a difference between being happy ABOUT something and being happy IN SPITE of something. Being happy ABOUT something means you feel good when you focus your attention on it. It’s the way you feel about your favorite sport, your best friend, an upcoming vacation, a delicious… Continue reading You can be happy even if you’re unhappy

How to not be so annoyed all the time

You have the right to be annoyed at anyone or anything you want. If you exercise this right too frequently, however, you risk compromising your right to have a happy and healthy life. Because I don’t think happiness and health are worth compromising, I’ll offer you my two cents on how to let go of… Continue reading How to not be so annoyed all the time

Don’t give pessimism a free pass

Forget about being positive for today. I’ll compromise with you. The next time you get ready to form a pessimistic conclusion about anyone or anything, just ask yourself the following 2 questions; 1) How do I know beyond a reasonable doubt that this negative conclusion is true? 2) Am I using the same standard of… Continue reading Don’t give pessimism a free pass