Action for Happiness calendar January 2021
Mental Health Tools, Wellbeing & Recovery

Action for Happiness: More Than Just “Choose Happiness”

Action for Happiness I'm definitely not a fan of the whole toxic positivity, happiness is a choice nonsense. But a while back I stumbled across the Action for Happiness website, and I like their style. I was looking through my journal and came across the 8 pillars of joy I'd made note of from The… Continue reading Action for Happiness: More Than Just “Choose Happiness”

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Mental Health

“Should” You Avoid Negative People?

Along the lines of "choose happiness," you may have seen the message "good vibes only," or something along the lines of getting rid of negative people from your life. But where do people who aren't well fit into this? To be clear, I'm not talking about people who are negative about you.  If someone is… Continue reading “Should” You Avoid Negative People?

Happiness is a choice? Have you heard of mental illness?
Mental Health

Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass

"Happiness is a choice."  It's a message that you probably come across fairly often.  While it's probably meant to be motivational and positive most of the time, I think it's an idea that, if you start to poke at it a bit, has some fundamental flaws. The fallacy of happiness as a choice There's a… Continue reading Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass

You don't need to be positive - there's room for other emotions too
Mental Health

You Don’t Need to Be Positive

Toxic positivity is essentially the idea that happy and positive is the only right way to be, and therefore, people need to cheer up, look on the bright side, think positive, choose happiness, allow good vibes only, etc., etc. It also shows up in the "it could be worse" guilt trip mentality.  You're not in… Continue reading You Don’t Need to Be Positive

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Mental Health

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, 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?

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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

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Mental Health

Can Money Facilitate Happiness?

nattanan23 on Pixabay 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, and can money facilitate happiness? Meeting basic needs Clearly, it takes money to meet our most basic needs like food and shelter.  When those basic… Continue reading Can Money Facilitate Happiness?

Collect moments not things
Wellbeing & Recovery

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,  This year's theme is "Happier Together, focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us."  They have a Ten Keys to Happier Living guidebook,… Continue reading International Day of Happiness

Depression and emotions: decreased positive affect and increased negative affect

Depression & Emotions: Positive & 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 Depression & Emotions: Positive & Negative Affect

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Wellbeing & Recovery

TED Talks on Mental Wellbeing

Here are some of my favourite TED Talks that relate to mental wellbeing. Susan David: 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 illegitimate.  She says there is a "tyranny of positivity",… Continue reading TED Talks on Mental Wellbeing