Happiness comes partly from managing misery

Happiness comes partly from managing misery

I’ve had, recently, one of the more stressful weeks in my professional life and I have, as a result, had the opportunity to practice what I preach to others!

Although nothing too terrible has occured I’ve certainly had to deal with some events I’d rather not have to deal with but again, it’s given me the opportunity to apply the strategies I spend my life teaching others.

And I’m happy to say that they really work! Despite facing some very real challenges I’ve remained, relatively speaking, happy.

How did I cope?

Well, I began by challenging some negative thoughts and especially, putting things in perspective. I then focused on utilising the support of several people who’s opinion and expertise I respect and am lucky enough to have available to me. I remained optimistic that things would improve and, finally, I revisited my little list of inspirational and notable quotes.

Among others, I was reminded of the following saying (supposedly attributable to, of all people, Dolly Parton!):

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

So I hope this small self-disclosure helps you in some small way. Remember, even Dr. Happy is unhappy at times but happiness is also about dealing with setbacks and picking yourself up when you get knocked down. And remember also that each of the strategies I’ve briefly referred to above is very learnable so check out our resources section and/or contact us if you’d like to find out about coaching in which you can find out how to apply these skills in your life.

Happiness can be yours despite what’s going on around you and there are many other ways to achieve this so if you have any other strategies that help you during the hard times please feel free to respond below!