happiness

Are Happiness and Pleasure the Same Thing?

There are as many definitions of happiness as there are people. It’s as if each of us has a very specific profile with a diverse set of elements. Within all that mix, we find pleasure. But what’s the real difference…

The Absence of Problems Doesn’t Guarantee Happiness

The absence of problems doesn’t automatically lead to happiness. More important is the willingness to change and tolerate the uncertainty that fear can generate. Putting this into practice, however, can be difficult. As Albert Camus said, people obsess over finding…

Carl Jung’s Five Keys to Happiness

Carl Jung’s keys to happiness ring just as true even decades later. The Swiss psychiatrist and father of analytical psychology was much more than just the man who left us with concepts such as archetypes and the collective unconscious. Jung…

ACT Concepts and Clinical Strategies

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) belongs to a category called “third-generation therapies“. These therapies are a departure from conventional psychological treatments because they put more emphasis on certain aspects of mental health. In ACT, things such as acceptance, mindfulness, cognitive…

Are You Happy with Your Life?

You may already know that there’s no such thing as complete happiness. Instead, happiness is a path you consciously take. (The path we’re about to discuss here today). Being happy with your life means you enjoy yourself most of the…

Does Accepting Negative Emotions Make You Happier?

It isn’t pleasant to experience negative emotions. In fact, it can be downright painful, especially if you consider that your brain is designed to seek pleasure and avoid pain. That’s why accepting negative emotions can be so complicated. As difficult…

Why Can’t I be Happy for Others?

It’s normal to be envious, indifferent, or even to really dislike that others are doing fine. However, sometimes you might find it hard to feel happy about other’s happiness and this could mean there’s an underlying issue. Most of the…

Interaction Rituals

Why do you do what you do? Why do you carry out some actions and not others? The answer to these difficult questions, at least in the context of social interactions, lies in the concept of emotional energy. The theory…

Having a Bad Day? Keep this in Mind

Everyone’s had a bad day at least once… and we all know that sometimes a bad day can turn into a bad week. Since having a bad day affects your mood, it also affects how you treat your friends and…

Five Keys to Healthy Aging

Nothing can stop time or its effects. Aging is a part of life, and no one should feel ashamed or afraid of it. In fact, life expectancy is increasing, which means that many people are living very long lives. Thus,…

What Are the Benefits of Humor?

Have you ever wondered about the benefits of humor? When we’re in a good mood, doubts and worries leave our minds and we’re left with a feeling of genuine contentment. Laughter is a mysterious gift we’re all born with. Although it…