“I Just Want to Be Happy”

Is a statement I hear over and over again in therapy (usually when we get to the goals section of the intake.) Happiness, however is a weighted word, and at times will feel like an unattainable goal; it is at this point where we move to breaking it down to something more tangible, achievable.

Instead, I ask what it would mean to be content. How would you know that you were satisfied with your day? What daily moments bring you peace? If you are struggling to find those instances, what used to bring you feelings of comfort? If our lives have reached a frenetic pace, we have most likely stopped seeking peace to make room to get everything done. (Uh, oh) If we are faced with a challenge, the weight of it often squishes our contentedness right out of us. But that doesn’t mean we don’t deserve to still feel it; in fact, it is in those times that we need it the most. Being proactive to finding space for those times will help us to build the bridges we need. You know, the ones going over to Happiness Island. 🙂

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