Therapist Corner: Tips on the art of happiness

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mercy Cassvilleís Senior Life Solutions offers help for seniors

"Ah, happiness, that ever elusive state," says Psychology Today. " Philosophers, theologians, psychologists, even economists, have long sought to define it, and since the 1990s, a whole branch of psychology ó positive psychology ó has been dedicated to pinning it down and propagating it. More than simply positive mood, happiness is a state of well-being that encompasses living a good life ó that is, with a sense of meaning and deep satisfaction."

We all want to believe that happiness is the result of having a life filled with nothing but joy, however, professionals on the subject say achieving happiness typically involves times of considerable discomfort.†Itís how we adjust to these times of considerable discomfort or the attitude we approach them with that affects our levels of happiness.

Most people accept that true happiness is more than a jumble of intensely positive feelings ó it's probably better described as a sense of peace or contentedness. Regardless of how you define happiness, itís partly emotional but also partly a state of mind which can be modified. Itís how we live our lives; our everyday habits and choices that determine our happiness. So, go out and live your life, see the silver linings, do something that makes you uncomfortable, find your purpose and pursue it and you will find happiness along the way.

If you or someone you know is struggling with finding their happiness, find a professional to talk with. Mercy Hospital Cassvilleís Senior Life Solutions program can help seniors find peace, contentedness and happiness.

SLS is an intensive outpatient group therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of older adults suffering from symptoms of depression and anxiety often related to aging. This information is brought to readers by Mercy Hospital Cassville's SLS program.

Senior Life Solutions is dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults. For more information about the program or to reach Therapist Susi Rhoads, MSW, LCSW, of Senior Life Solution, please call 417-847-6042.