Thursday, January 7, 2016

Have You Tried This New #CBT Recipe For Emotional #Well-Being and #Happiness Yet?

Experience gained from my 30+ years  in practice as a cognitive-behavioral psychologist shows that with the right tools people readily learn to elevate and maintain emotional well-being and happiness. 

At the Think Right Feel Right Blogoscope you will find the behavioral tools and techniques that help to ward off anxiety, depression and addiction.  You will learn about ways to defeat troubling emotions such as anger, worry and sadness.  You will also find practical strategies for increasing self-esteem, positivity and for being a happier you. 

Introduction to the Recipe for Emotional Well-Being. One of the really nice things about this recipe for Happiness and Emotional Well Being is that you don't have to go anywhere or buy anything to use it.  That's good, right?   Also, the recipe is not difficult to follow.  But before getting started here, if you haven't already done so, please look over my last blog that describes a method to measure emotional well-being.  Reading this earlier post first will help you understand what I am about to say.

As I mentioned in the earlier post, the scale I use to gauge a person's level of emotional well-being has four key components: intrinsic self-esteem, peacefulness, the ability to minimize disturbing emotions, and happiness.  When these four “ingredients” are present in full measure, people report a very high level of emotional well-being.  When they are not, people frequently struggle with anxiety, depression, addiction and other emotional issues. The conclusion drawn here is that possessing these key behavior skill sets is not only important, but essential for emotional well-being.  And, therein lies the plan for our recipe!

To bring emotional well-being to its highest level, we must possess or learn how to possess a strong and lasting ability to promote self-worth, peacefulness, management of our emotions, and happiness.  Can we do it?   You bet we can. Each and every one of these skill sets for emotional well-being can and should be learned and used daily as they are your cornerstone for sound mental health.  Their benefits will far exceed the effort.

How is it done?  There are clear behavioral steps for enabling these essential skills.  I intend to cover the details in subsequent posts but, I will give you an example here.  Take self-esteem for instance.  In my world and hopefully in your world too, self-esteem is best viewed as a verb, not a noun. Self-esteem is something you do. When you do it, you have it and you feel it.  This means that you need to esteem yourself through your thoughts and behaviors.  By way of an example, you engage yourself with respect; you are kind to you; you listen to yourself with caring and compassion; you are accepting of you; you are there when you need you … yes, there is more, and it is all good.  In future posts, I will discuss the specific thoughts and behaviors for each of the skill sets that are so vital to emotional well-being.  Please follow along so you can use the recipe.

With my new CBT self-help guide, Think Right, Feel Right, you can acquire the emotional tools my clients acquire to optimize emotional health and happiness.

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