Will the New Year be “Happy” for you?

carl jungAt the beginning of every year, we are bombarded with the wish “Happy New Year!” People use this quote good-naturedly for the most part; however for many of us, our past experience can cause a sense of gloom and doom that colors the very idea of just what it means to be happy.  Will the new year really be better than the last? Is it even possible to achieve a kind of happiness that can relieve the anxiety, depression, and grief that so many experience as part of their everyday lives?

I have an intuitive sense that 2014 will be a better year for many of us.  While I do not have any concrete evidence to offer you that this will come to pass, I have learned to trust my intuition over the course of my life.  Carl Jung, the famous psychiatrist of the 20th century, maintained that listening to the intuitive aspect of our personalities is vital to making positive decisions in life.  Joseph Campbell would call this “listening to your heart.”  I think if more people learned to balance their intuition with their logical minds, the world would be a better place.

Looking to the past, one positive development of the technological age is the fact that people can locate a mental health professional easily through use of a web search.  Increasing numbers of people have found the help they need to live better, more peaceful lives, as a result.  Looking ahead to the future, it seems that this trend will continue, especially because the latent stigma associated with seeking psychological help has been eased by the availability of technological information about mental health.  This is, indeed, a HOPEFUL sign.

Maybe 2014 will be the year that you feel empowered to help yourself feel better from mental health issues.  It only takes one call to a professional to tap into a WAY to lessen and even heal from the debilitating pain of these issues.

I hope 2014 will be the year YOU begin to feel better; and my wish for you is that-in this process-you will feel the peace, joy, and love that you so richly deserve.

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