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”
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." 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
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
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?
Image by Goran Horvat from Pixabay There's a lot that illness has taken away from me. Here are a few things that I miss: Planning and getting excited about where my next travel destination might beEnjoying going out to eatEnjoying spending time with close friendsBeing interested in going to theatre performancesHaving fun getting ready to go out somewhere… Continue reading What I Miss Most Because of Depression
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: 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
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?
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 to Happier Living guidebook,… Continue reading International Day of Happiness