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  • Is Happiness Really a Choice?

    You might have heard that happiness is a choice and wondered if that’s actually true. Unfortunately, for some individuals, mental health conditions like depression and bipolar disorder make it difficult for them to feel happy. There can also be several factors outside someone’s control—such as their age, physical health, or geographic location—that could make it harder for them to achieve happiness. With that said, many people can take affirmative steps to cultivate happiness over time.

    How to Find Happiness in Your Life

    If you’re looking for ways to feel happier in your day-to-day life, you may want to:

    • Focus on positives rather than on negatives.
    • Think about all the people and things that you’re grateful for.
    • Smile more often (studies have shown that the physical act of smiling can release hormones that increase happiness and reduce stress).
    • Implement a morning routine that incorporates stretching, meditating, journaling, and eating a healthy breakfast.
    • Increase your activity level (be sure to consult with your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen).
    • Sleep more (most adults need at least seven hours of sleep each night).
    • Connect with friends and family members, either in person or over the phone.
    • Spend more time in nature.
    • Volunteer at an organization that’s meaningful to you.

    Start Living a Happier Life

    If you struggle with depression, bipolar disorder, or another mental health condition or you simply want to be a happier person, one of the best things you can do is reach out to an experienced therapist. Luckily, you can get the help you need from the caring team at our practice. We understand how difficult it can sometimes be to achieve happiness, but we’ll supply you with personalized tips and tools that can help you start experiencing a better quality of life. Contact us today to schedule a therapy session at a date and time that fits into your schedule.