How much do you count on people “liking” or “following” you or the videos you put on Instagram, FB or TikTok?  And are you really happy or does your life appear to others as happy? Is your self-esteem found in the present or does it lie in the amount of positive attention something gets on social media? This of course is part of creating the persona of perfectionism that I stress in my work on perfectly hidden depression. But today, we focus on the three components of true happiness and how to add happiness to almost any experience you have: Positive psychologists say that all you have to do is add pleasure, challenge or meaning – and happiness will arrive.

The listener email today is from someone who suffered childhood neglect and knows it’s affecting her relationships in her adult life. I’ll hope to help out where I can.

Hope you enjoy this episode on true happiness – sponsored by BetterHelp.

Important Links:

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Victoria Garrick’s  TedX Talk “The Hidden Opponent”

Anuschka Rees’ Article on three components of true happiness

Episode 124 of SelfWork: Learning From The Voices of Childhood Neglect

Psychology Today article by Dr. Grant Brenner:

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