happiness is not a choice for those with mental illlness
Mental health

Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass

This was originally posted in 2018 in the early months of this blog.  I've decided to pull a few posts out of the archives where they were gathering dust, give them an overhaul, and bring them back to life.  It's a bit of an experiment, and here's the first one.   "Happiness is a choice." … Continue reading Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass

two smiling stuffed toys- one says happy, the other says keep on smiling
Mental health, Psychology

How Well Does Positive Psychology Apply to Mental Illness?

The basic idea of positive psychology is a good one.  Who doesn't want to feel happier and the other positive emotions that go along with that? The essentials of positive psychology According to PositivePsychology.com, positive psychology focuses on the positive aspects of life, including: "Positive experiences (like happiness, joy, inspiration, and love)" "Positive states and traits… Continue reading How Well Does Positive Psychology Apply to Mental Illness?

book cover: Eat the Damn Muffin by Jenni Dunlop
Book reviews

Book Review: Eat the Damn Muffin

Eat the Damn Muffin: Confidence for Every Body by Jenni Dunlap is all about loving yourself and your body.  She writes: "All bodies are good, and all bodies are beautiful. This is a fuck those beauty standards type of book, because beauty is a state of mind not state of body."  Okay, I'm definitely in!… Continue reading Book Review: Eat the Damn Muffin

The Happiness Diary by Barbara Kipfer book cover
Book reviews

Book review: The Happiness Diary

The Happiness Diary: Practice Living Joyfully by Barbara A. Kipfer guides you through various self-reflection exercises and prompts to connect with the potential for happiness that already exists in your life.  It's designed to be used as a notebook and written in, and each page is beautifully illustrated. I'm always a tad wary of happiness-promoting books/articles,… Continue reading Book review: The Happiness Diary

stacks of coins growing
Mental health

Can money facilitate happiness?

We've all heard that money can't buy happiness.  But is there some sort of relationship between money and happiness?  And if so, what does that look like? Clearly, it takes money to meet our most basic needs like food and shelter.  When those basic needs are on the line, it's not surprising that this could… Continue reading Can money facilitate happiness?

Collect moments not things
Awareness days

International Day of Happiness

        I've seen a few people mention online that it's the International Day of Happiness.  I was a bit skeptical, so I took a look at the website, https://www.dayofhappiness.net.  This year's theme is "Happier Together, focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us."  They have a Ten Keys… Continue reading International Day of Happiness

the words positive and negative
Mental health

Decreased Positive Affect & Increased Negative Affect

Last week I was reading a post on Revenge of Eve about her weekly happy list challenge.  The challenge for the week was to identify routines that bring you joy.  I adore Candace and normally participate in her challenges and such things, but this one just wasn't doing it for me, and that got me thinking.… Continue reading Decreased Positive Affect & Increased Negative Affect

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Mental health, Video reviews

TED Talks on Mental Wellbeing

Here are some of my favourite TED Talks that relate to mental wellbeing.   Susan David: The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage   https://embed.ted.com/talks/susan_david_the_gift_and_power_of_emotional_courage  I recently reviewed Susan David's book Emotional Agility, and this talk covered similar subject matter.  She points out how problematic it is to avoid emotions that are considered negative or… Continue reading TED Talks on Mental Wellbeing