Who are you?
I don't mean the collection of things you identify as. The traits and experiences you tell others to describe yourself. Who is actually in there making those decisions and telling those stories?
An interesting concept is that the voice in your head-- that internal monologue most of us have constantly rambling on-- is not you. It's a part of you... but it's not you.
We'll discuss this for the whole episode with some concepts about how to conceptualize this AND why it is helpful for your mental wellness.
Read Solve for Happy for yourself: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30354426-solve-for-happy
We all have addictions. Small habit loops that suck us into social media or watching videos for longer than we expected. Did you know these little things could be having a massive effect on your motivation and overall sense of wellbeing?
This episode talks mostly about recognizing some of these small addictions that most of us have. It's also about a practical way to reset those behaviors to a healthy level.
The term "Dopamine Fast" is a bit misleading, but that's what the internet is calling it. The idea is that "fasting" or cutting out some behaviors completely for a short period of time can help reset the systems those behaviors are effecting in the brain.
Here's a great, in-depth article on the subject if you want to do some further reading:
Depression can dig someone deeper and deeper into a pit of despair and deprive you of your energy, hope, and drive. The tricky part of depression is that it attacks the very things that would help you get better.
We haven't had a new episode in about a month. That is because I've been dealing with a particularly deep and extended bout of depression. This episode talks about what I learned from this one and the coping mechanisms I've learned over the years to climb out of the pit. Even if it has to be one grasp at a time.
Helpful article on coping: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/coping-with-depression.htm
Emotional mirroring is a natural part of human development. It's one way we feel empathy for each other and can communicate without words. There is a concerning trend in media that I only just noticed. Here is what to look out for and why you should care.
Article on Emotional Mirroring: https://www.psychologies.co.uk/psychology-emotional-mirroring
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Are you familiar with the term Mettā (Loving kindness)?
The last few mornings I have incorporated this into my morning meditation and it always triggers such an expansive, open, joyful feeling of love. I cry too. Every time ?. It’s somewhat tears of joy, but there’s a bittersweet feeling to it. They are also compassionate tears for those suffering all over the world and those suffer that I know personally.
Even with that tinge of sadness, it feels amazing to feel so deeply every morning. It then carries through the whole day. There is a deep sense of caring for every person that crosses my path.
What are your experiences with feelings like this? Would you like to learn to cultivate them?
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Happy You Are Here shares tools, techniques, and ideas to help us all live more fulfilling lives.
This show is for you if you find yourself asking:
We can do more than just survive. We can thrive and live a fulfilling life full of joy.
We can attain financial, spiritual, and intellectual freedom.
Stop wasting your potential. This is a beautiful abundant life, even if it doesn't always feel like it.
With love, Craig Inzana