Many people consider happiness a destination, not a journey. According to this mindset, happiness is something we achieve after lots of hard work, rather than something we experience as we work towards our goals. Unfortunately, this mindset often leads to a surprising outcome: after we have finally accomplished that which was supposed to make us happy, we may find ourselves feeling depressed. Your online limited licensed psychologist is here to examine this unique and challenging phenomenon.
What Do You Need To Be Happy?
What is your definition of happiness? Many people consider their happiness to be contingent upon various external factors. Though you may not realize it, you may have even fallen victim to this classic mental trap before. Consider the following example statements.
I’ll be happy when I…
New careers, getting married, retiring, having children, graduating, major awards, and losing weight are all common examples of events that are supposed to make us happy, but can actually lead to us feeling depressed or unfulfilled. Similarly, people may feel especially down as their vacation draws to an end or on Sundays when they know that the next workweek is only a day away. How does this happen?
Having too much happiness lead to depression is a common pattern, but it does not mean that you are doomed to depression any time you experience an unusually happy or exciting event in life. With the proper mindset, this trap can be avoided. If you or someone you know may be at risk for this type of challenge (or potentially even already suffering from depression), talking to an experienced mental health counselor may be enormously beneficial. I offer online counseling sessions that allow me to meet with my clients whenever they need, however they need. To learn more about online psychotherapy sessions, visit my website at www.NeverGiveUp.care. You can also call me directly at (248) 730-5544. I look forward to talking with you!