Thursday, January 14th

Good day! I am so happy that the sun is actually shining today and that thetemp will finally reach above the freezing mark! Well, actually my happiness should not depend on the weather and it does not. The weather is something that can add to my positive outlook. Happiness is different. We all have things that we believe ‘make’ us happy. It varies from person to person. However, when you really look at the science of happiness (after all, I am a psychologist) you see that external events or stituations count very little.

Happiness is a state of being that is originated by internal factors – how we think, perceive, and respond. For example, having an internal feeling of joy or peace will help you to maintain a positive outlook even when faced with some challenging situations. Many people describe this sense of joy/ peace from a religious or spiritual basis. Others feel secure in their knowledge of their abilities and this helps with their stress levels. Whatever it is that keeps you afloat, especiall ehn times are tough, see if you can put it into words. This could be the start of a Gratitude List to keep you focused on the positives in your life. I’d love to hear what’s on your list!

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