Category Archives: happiness

The Boy Who Wanted to Be Happy

I have found myself recounting this story many times in the course of my professional work, most recently in the week just past. I read it many years ago in a collection of children’s stories, and I associate it with … Continue reading

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Feelings About Feelings

Some time ago I noticed a common problem, or perhaps I should say problem about problems, that many clients shared– People would be down on themselves for being depressed, or angry with themselves about their anger problems, or would worry … Continue reading

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Not New Content– But..

Perhaps a clue as to how to be content… http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/03/20/520803361/is-happiness-a-universal-human-right

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What’s My Gender?

  I’ve been attending a series of sessions on transgender issues over the last few months. It’s a feast of food for thought. Here’s a morsel– one study found that the typical transgender person knows they’re trans by age 8, … Continue reading

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Self Pity versus Self Mourning

Just a quick thought & a question– what is the difference between feeling sad about something bad in your life, and feeling self-pity? This came up recently in a session, where a client worried about sinking into self-pity. this is … Continue reading

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Luxury Problems? Compared to What?

People who have been exposed to the world of AA & other 12-step programs will be familiar with these phrases. Let’s focus on the first one first. Frequently, someone who is relatively new to recovery will start talking about how … Continue reading

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Dealing With Anger

(Image from http://www.visyon.org.uk/creative-space/gallery/anger-art-workshop/) check it out. I remember volunteering as a counselor at a middle school some years ago. It was a public school that had gone to uniforms at the request of the parents because kids were getting jacked for … Continue reading

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