When I read Psychologies magazines recent happiness club article on acceptance it was a big lightbulb moment. I hadn’t considered ‘conditional’ or ‘unconditional’ acceptance of myself until this point but knew instantly I only accepted myself conditionally depending upon my own internal standards and successes. I talked about this with friends outside of the happiness club and, lo and behold, they did the same thing. It wasn’t that surprising on Monday evening to discover friends in the happiness club did too. We would accept our own children unconditionally, so why is it so hard to accept ourselves unconditionally?
This month’s blog is going to be focused on one Happiness Club member’s past month. It feels only right, as this month she opened her home, and heart, to a Kenyan runner. The experiences they shared show what true resilience is.
We’re all looking forward to our month of positivity. Here are a few thoughts on how we’ll commit to it!
Regardless of how happy we learnt or have chosen to be, we are all facing moments, periods or spells of sadness, sorrow and melancholy, without naming the strongest emotions. Being a human involves experiencing life. And what I mean by that is life in its purest form, when we confront it passionately, full on, encountering a wide range of sensations and feelings.
I posted a quick mid month updated recently on what I felt about the importance of Direction. Last night I met with my Happiness Club and found out their experiences.
Join our growing tribe of readers who are choosing to spread joy by creating Happiness Clubs around the world, with guidance from Psychologies and Action for Happiness. This month, Suzy Greaves, Psychologies’ editor, is focusing on bouncing back from adversity