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Life Beyond Therapy: Taking a chance on happiness

Everybody I know says that they want to be happy and it sounds like a pretty normal thing, but rarely do we explore what happiness is and how we can get there.

Happiness is often defined as some perfect combination of pleasure, joy, exhilaration, bliss, contentedness, enjoyment and satisfaction. Sounds good, right? But if this is something that we really want, then why is it so often missing from our lives?

I invite you to look at how much energy you are willing to put out to be happy, and if you’re willing to be temporarily uncomfortable as you change your life and take a chance on happiness.

From my work as a psychotherapist, I’ve learned that to really be happy requires that we take risks. We need to do some things differently than we’ve done in our past. For most of us, this kind of change feels scary and makes us anxious.

Doing the same-old, same-old is familiar and easy, while making changes to be happier means disrupting our habitual routines. Herein lies the problem: We want to be happy, but we’re often not willing to do anything different to get there.

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