Happiness: How can I find Happiness?

This morning is special to any new blogger like me.There are many people outside there who think they are so busy to have time to blog. Others think they are not smart enough to confidently share their ideas online. But most important is the question,why should I be a blogger. The answer is simple; if you are searching for happiness,one of the secrets of happiness is developing a passion and pursuing it. T. Alan Amstrong once said,“if there is no passion in your life,then have you really lived? Find your passion,whatever it might be.Become it and let it become you and you will find great things happened for you, to you and because of you. After graduate school as an immigrant, I contemplated what next, I chose to occupy myself sharing my experiences of coming to America.This led me to the life of a blogger.Here, I found Happiness and a vibrant community to relate with online.This is how blogging can bring you happiness.This blog post brought me utmost joy than I have received in a while. I encourage you to begin blogging NOW

Happy Thoughts Keep the Wolf at Bay: Thanks, Aliker

David Martin

November 28, 2011

PsychiatryBloggingMental Health

I got a very nice gift recently from Aliker David Martin– a peek into his views on happiness. You can read a great post of his on his site The Happiness Nest at linkhttps://happinessnest.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/happiness-change-the-way-you-think/. He’s a motivational speaker, university educated in San Diego, though clearly he has an international home. His post speaks to the hidden opportunities there are in learning about what thoughts are and what they can and cannot do, and how they can keep the wolf of fear at bay.

Aliker’s post reminds me of the power our thoughts have on our moods and our behavior. It reminds me of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which can be a powerful, effective tool for treating psychiatric disorders, such as major depression. But you don’t have to be diagnosed with a mental illness to make use of the skills you can learn from CBT. Although the efficacy of web-based versions of CBT seem to be more durable if there is a real live therapist on the other end of the ethernet cable, you can still learn a lot about recognizing negative thoughts, accepting them as a part of you, seeing the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors (health and unhealthy)…and choosing to change when you’re ready.

Aliker’s words got me thinking about what happiness means to me. As the Geezer gets older, happiness means being thankful for what others have done to enrich my life, reminding me what I might be on earth for…giving something back in return.

I am reminded of  “Up”, a favorite movie my wife and I occasionally still watch. Ellie’s theme is a happy-sounding little tune, yet the video shows both the joy and sadness Carl and Ellie have in their life until she dies. How Carl literally carries his sorrow and how he eventually rediscovers what happiness really means to him is symbolized in a very special way in the film. Letting go of what we treasure most and reinvesting our devotion through bonding with those who need us most could be the hardest (yet most rewarding) lesson in life to learn.

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About Jim Amos

Dr. James J. Amos is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Amos received a B. S. degree in Distributed Studies (Zoology, Chemistry, and Microbiology) in 1985 from Iowa State University and an M.D. from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1992. He completed his psychiatry residency, including a year as Chief Resident, in 1996 at the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa. He has co-edited a practical book about consultation psychiatry with Dr. Robert G. Robinson entitled Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. As a clinician educator, among Dr. Amos’s most treasured achievements is the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

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