Yet surely there's some good in making taking control of mental health more democratic. If it's worked for tracking calories, surely it can work for tracking mood? It can, but it also feels slightly dangerous.
It turns out that in the long run, selling your truth for short term likability isn't such a good idea and selling your truth because you do not want to hurt the other person is also nearly always going to end up in more tears for both involved rather then less.
I see it every day. The people I work with create incredible change in their lives leading to more fulfilled relationships, greater business and financial success and a more wonderful, empowered sense of happiness than they previously have thought possible.
Working on your own mind is like tidying up a cupboard or a wardrobe. You take things out, piling them on the floor and think to yourself: Am I going to get through this mess? As you sort them out and put them back in some sort of order, you feel better. You feel satisfied.
I thought it fitting that there's no time like the present to knuckle down and join the writers out there writing to their former selves. Not in a 'Clare, Clare, can you hear me?' way, but a reflective, reactive, and 'actually, you can learn a lot in 11 years' revelation that only comes with historical hindsight, and I hope is something others can relate to.
Yes, I have gained weight. I'm bigger and rounder and fleshier than I've ever been. But I've gained so many other things in the process too; the extra pounds of flesh and fat are just a tiny part of all the other abundances.
Think about the values you hold and the principles you live by; those things which are so important to you that if you get wronged it strikes you to the very core. For example, one of mine is consideration. It's up there alongside being heard and being treated with respect.
Having had various stints of therapy over the years, I now have a pretty good idea how I ended up unconsciously doing what everyone else, mainly parents and boyfriends, wanted me to do, but what if you don't have the luxury of the therapist's couch?
As human beings we have a tremendous capacity to respond positively and purposefully in the face of challenge. We have the ability to act on our goals and commitments even when we don't feel like it.
Successful people come from all backgrounds, you can be a success at any age and men and women have every chance of being a success at what they do. This means that personality traits and actions are more likely to be an indicator of success, and these are some of the traits you will find in a broad range of successful people.
If, for one moment, we'd think that those ''perfect'' people may have imperfections too, we'd be much more open to actually experiencing what they're about. As the truth is, they are far from being perfect, we all are.
According to the Dalai Lama, all people have one thing in common: they want to be happy. And it is true, all people do want to be happy - it's just that some of us partake in behaviours, that although may bring us some temporary relief, are also destructive to us in the long run.
Step parents bring added joy into your life in the form of additional families. Obviously in some cases this can go awry and people don't always get on, but I've been lucky in the fact that I can count my step-parent's families as my own. They're all wonderful.
Yes, all reality is virtual. Each of us has a nervous system that is creating a highly individualized experience. The goal is not to see things the same way as everyone else, but to work effectively with others who see it differently.
Am I saying I don't believe in happiness? No. I'm saying that mindfulness practice has helped me to discover a different definition of contentment, one which isn't so limited. Here are three ways we can use mindfulness to help us re-frame happiness, and find a little more of it right now.
When it comes to aims and ambitions in life, most people admit that their main aim in life is to be happy. This will mean different things for different people, but when you feel happy, you are relaxed, you are content and you are more confident.