Daily Happiness - Don't Obsess Over It

If you want happiness, you can't obsess. And you can't obsess over something in particular.

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To Be Happier With Yourself, Stop Doing This

To be happier, you have to stop doing certain things. And this one is a big one.

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What Mother's Day Can Teach Us About Mental Health Mindsets

Different days impact people in different ways. And for holidays, that is especially apparent. Mother's Day is one example. For some, it's a wonderful day. For others, not so much. So, what does it have to teach us about mindset?

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An Uplifiting Meditation On Hope

Here's an uplifting, poetic meditation on hope. If you're struggling, this will help you see life in a new way.

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Am I Broken? No, You're Not Broken

This is my story from feeling broken to feeling not broken. To feeling whole. If you've ever wondered if you're broken, this story is for you.

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How to Embrace the Uncertainty of Life and Improve Your Emotional Health

Embracing uncertainty is a skill that requires practice. But it's a skill that you can learn. If you're struggling with this, this post is for you.

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3 Mental Health Poems From My First Book, In Search of Happiness

My first mental health book, In Search of Happiness, will be out at the end of May 2020! Here are three mental health poems from the book.

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Mental Health Awareness Month 2020 - It's More Than a Month

It's May 2020, and that means it's Mental Health Awareness Month. For one month each year, the world comes together to raise mental health awareness month. But we need more than that. We all have mental health. It's part of us.

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Politics and Mental Health - Think This Way to Be Happier

Politics. Mental health. The two don't often go together. But if you think in this particular way, I guarantee you'll be happier.

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Quarantine Fatigue - This Rarely Used Term Perfectly Describes It

Quarantine fatigue is real, and it has its roots in mental health. Specifically, it has its roots in a strange term that not many people know about. If you want to know why people are doing what they're doing, you're in luck.

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What I Learn When Things Go Wrong

When things go wrong, it doesn't mean you're a failure. I still struggle to push past that initial reaction to events not turning out the way I expected. Recently, I was reminded of the benefit of having things go wrong.

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The Profound Impact of Freedom On Mental Health

Have you considered the role that freedom plays for your mental health? It actually has quite a big impact. Learn how you can bring more freedom into your life.

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How to Have Meaningful Online Conversations - 2 Simple Ideas

The world is now online, and that's especially true during the coronavirus pandemic. To maintain your mental health and have meaningful conversations, you'll have to adapt. Here are some simple ideas.

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Feel Powerless? How to Change Your Mindset Today

When you feel powerless, it often comes down to mindset. Of course, if you easily change your mind, you already would have by now. Here's a story to help you gain your power back.

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Why I Started Tweeting Every Day About Mental Health

This is the second video for The Mental Health Update. This started as only an email newsletter, but now it's expanded. Watch to learn more about my story and why I write and tweet about mental health every day.

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How to Keep Going

This is my story about when I thought I couldn't keep going. And it's about what I learned. We all have the ability to keep going.

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How to Make Someone Leave You Alone Online

There are times when people just won't leave you alone. This happens quite a bit online. What do you do then? You follow three principles. They work. And they work offline as well.

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The Anxious Need to Control (What It Is and What to Do About It)

Where does the need to control come from? Usually, it stems from anxiety. When you're anxious, it's normal to want to latch onto one or two things and try to control them. Here's how to cope with that anxious desire to control.

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My FIRST Mental Health (Video) Update!

After months of email updates, here is the first video mental health update. Communicating authentic mental health information requires using multiple formats, and here's the first of many videos to come.

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Low Self-Esteem to High Self-Esteem - Moving Up the Continuum

If you want good mental health, you have to consider self-esteem and the self-esteem continuum. Low self-esteem and high self-esteem are really not separate things. They are part of the same spectrum.

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Increasing Anxiety and Depression? What to Do About It

What do you do if you feel like anxiety and depression are increasing? The two often go hand in hand. Here's a down-to-earth approach that could help you.

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The True Power of Taking a Break

Taking a break is not just about the break. It's about the feeling behind it. Here's why you should not only take breaks--but also learn to think about your breaks in a new kind of way.

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Talking About Depression - Why People Don't Talk About Depression Online

When it comes to talking about mental health issues online, why don't more people talk about depression? A huge percentage of the population deals with it, so why is it not more common? This might be why.

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Two Things Can Be True - How to Find the Truth on Both Sides

These days, it seems everyone just wants to be right and get on with their lives. But two things can be true at the same time. Here's a personal perspective that speaks to a larger truth.

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Positive Words Associated With Mental Health (Socially Constructing Meaning)

We add new phrases to our vocabulary all the time? How do they get their meaning? It's a process of social construction. This is how it is for mental health terms. Learn how the process works--and what you need to know.

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Need a Break From Life? Read This.

If you're frequently hard on yourself, read this. If you are overwhelmed, read this? These are the honest words you need to read.

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Productivity For Mental Health - Getting the Right Things Done

Productivity is not just doing more stuff. It's focusing on the right stuff. And when you do that, your mental health naturally improves. Here's how it works.

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What is Active Listening? An Example You Can Use Now

What is active listening and why is it important? Rather than bore you with a long definition, here's a powerful example that you can use right now. It's all about listening to not respond.

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A Simple Thought Exercise for Existential Anxiety

Does anything really matter? It's a question lots of people ask themselves? There are no easy answers, but this thought exercise can help you head down the right path, or at least get closer to it.

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3 Mental Health Boosting Activities for When You're Stuck At Home

Are you stuck at home? Is it making you a little stir crazy? It happens to the best of us. Here are 3 activities you can do to improve your mental health while you are stuck in the house.

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Pandemic Anxiety - 5 Straightforward Tips to Cope Right Now

Anxiety by itself can be awful. During a pandemic? It can be almost impossible to bear. These five straightforward tips can help you cope with pandemic anxiety.

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In the Background? Why That Can Be a Good Thing

These days, it seems that everyone wants to be out in front, getting all the credit. It's actually not all it's cracked up to be. Being in the background has surprising benefits.

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Why Perception is Important in Relationships

There is something that impacts relationships be cannot be seen. It's perception. Both your perception and others' perception. Once you understand perception, you have the power to improve your relationships.

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Having Hope: A Way to Find It for Great Mental Health

Hope is a crucial component of great mental health, but it's not always easy to find. It hardly ever is, actually Here's a beautiful approach you can use to find hope and restore your mental health.

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Intense Self-Compassion For Energy Management

Your regular self-care isn't working. Maybe it's time for a more intense approach to self-compassion and energy management. This approach combines the two.

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Mind Racing? How to See the Best When Your Brain Won't Let You

When your mind is racing, it can be very difficult to slow it down. And when you're in the middle of it, it can be very difficult to see the good in anything. Here's a strategy to see the best when your mind is racing.

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Big Changes in Life Mean You Must Do This

Big changes to your world trigger other changes. And you might not like what's happening. But you're part of it. You must learn to adapt.

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Realism vs Pessimism: A Tweet That Shows the Difference

Sometimes realism looks like pessimism. This tweet and discussion show what that looks like.

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We Need Art for Mental Health, Now More Than Ever

Would you consider art to be a basic need? Most wouldn't. But I think art is needed even more when times are tough. Art is a crucial component of a mentally healthy life.

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Holistic Thinking - How to Manage Panic and Anxiety

Can an event or situation be immediately bad? Or can the process be stopped? Holistic thinking is a way to stave off bad feelings. Because what matters more than the event itself is how we respond to it.

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How to Create Adaptable Routines For Great Mental Health

Routines don't need to be perfect. They need to be flexible. In fact, a better word is in order. They need to be adaptable. Here's how I do it and improve my mental health in the process.

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Care Too Much About Something? How to Make it Work For You

Do you care too much about something but you're not making progress with it? That often means you don't have a clear process. Here's how to make a "care workflow."

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To Escape a Bad Mood, Notice Something New

Stuck in a rut? Have a bad mood that just won't go away? Here's a strategy I use. I notice something new. It's a simple approach with powerful results.

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Validation: When (and When Not) to Validate Others

Should you always validate others? It seems like a no-brainer. But it's actually not always helpful. Learn when (and when not) to validate other people.

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Great Mental Health Requires Feedback

Mental health requires getting good feedback. As uncomfortable as it can be, you need feedback to be as healthy as you can be. This explains why.

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How I Find Helpful Mental Health Information

When it comes to helpful mental health information, there's the technical info from medical sites, and there is personal information that can often be more helpful. This is how I find helpful information.

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Do You Have Coronavirus Response Anxiety?

Coronavirus response anxiety. It's when you get anxiety about the way people are responding to the coronavirus threat. I have more anxiety about that than the coronavirus itself. This is how I'm coping.

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Don't Adopt a Fixer Mindset--Here's Why

Are you a fixer? You may think it's the best approach, but there are some things you first need to consider. The fixer mindset has some major drawbacks.

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Do you HAVE to like everyone?

Do you actually have to like everyone you meet? You may think the answer is obvious, but it's a bit more complicated than you think.

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What to Do When You're Annoyed - Try Something Different

Getting annoyed happens to everyone. Here's what I did when I found myself getting annoyed by a guy I kept running into. It just might help you.

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