As the holidays wind down, many of us take a breath and reach a much calmer state. And while the holidays might have been full of joy and cheer, there are many other things that might have weighed on us this year: loss, regrets, family struggles, or emotions that we can’t seem to control.
That’s OK. We all have (many!) moments like that. Don’t let your burdens make you feel like you didn’t accomplish anything in 2014. Also don’t let any lingering pain make you feel like you have to make 2015 bigger and better than ever.
How about we all just take a breather? Instead of living in regret, berating ourselves (or others?) for any shortcomings of last year, let’s wipe the slate clean. Instead of racing ahead and ignoring the moments to rest, recuperate, or relish, let’s slow down for a few weeks. Instead of designing even more ways to become better people, let’s get comfortable with the people we already are.
How to Be Happy
If you feel like you’re unable to let go of negative emotions, and you’re reliving the pain of last year, you’re not alone. But let’s work together to not let ourselves steal life’s happiness and joy. Psychologists have found that happiness is a choice, even though it doesn’t feel that way sometimes. And the best way to feel happy even on the bad days? By being grateful for what you do have.
Deepak Chopra says “My tormenter is myself left over from yesterday.” Let’s not be that this year. Let’s instead embrace each new day with a clean slate. Work on letting go and learning to be happy. Give us a call at 717-747-3099 or click here to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Melanie Ochalski
P.S. Wondering what options are available in 2015 to help you achieve the happiness of a child? Review our family options page here.