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June 2015

Choosing Happiness When Pain Surfaces

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Spend some time researching happiness stats in this country, and you’ll get results ranging from how much money you need to make to truly be happy and the dismal percentage of Americans that actually are. Happiness is important, yet it’s one of the more overlooked indicators of a full life.

Often, we get caught up in the accumulation of stuff – job titles, fabulous vacations, handbags, etc. – in the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, those things are just that – things. True happiness comes from within and the material things we collect have a negligible effect at best.

So what is it you are trying to bury? What’s going on in your life currently that is making you unhappy?

I think a big part of the reason why so many of us are unhappy is because we hold onto bad experiences from the past and attach them to current situations far too often. You will never heal from past hurts if you keep opening the wounds during current ones. Your narrative may be powerful, but keeping a Rolodex of your past pains is truly only hurting you. Read More

Rediscover An Abundant Life

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There’s something very comforting about routine. Having your favorite coffee shop to go to in the morning. Taking your preferred route to the office. Watching you favorite television shows every week. A routine makes life’s difficulties easier to manage. It provides an escape from tough choices – even if only for a moment. And it grounds us when things can sometimes overwhelm us.

But routines can also be a double-edged sword. How often have you used your comfortable routine to get out of making one of those tough choices? Did you end up putting it off to the last minute and making the wrong one? Or worse – did you choose to not do it at all? And when was the last time you used your routine as an escape from a reality that no longer serves you? Or when you have been overwhelmed, how often did you use your routine to not just ease the pain but numb it?

Routines may be excellent ways to make the hours go by, but they can also be death to creativity. Read More