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“There is room in history for all of us.”

―Alexander McCall Smith

 

Why Isn’t Happiness Enough?

Pleasure takes many forms—physical, mental, spiritual, emotional. We have many words for emotional pleasure, including elation, euphoria, delight, bliss, and good cheer. But perhaps the best overarching word for this category of emotion is happiness. And boy, do we place heavy expectations on the shoulders of happiness—far more than it can ever meet. After all, […]

Unsatisfied? Don’t Confuse the Symptom with its Source

I don’t think any of us enjoys being sick. I certainly don’t. But not all forms of sick are created equal. Some are far easier to put up with than others. If I had to rank, by misery level, the symptoms that come along with the everyday bugs that tend to infect relatively healthy humans, […]

We Can All Choose this Antidote to Loneliness

It turns out we hyper-connected people are very lonely. And the youngest adults–arguably the most connected through social media–are the loneliest among us. This may sound counter-intuitive, but it actually makes sense. Check out the video to hear a few thoughts on this–and on one thing we can do about it.

Your Expectations Can Hurt or Heal You

For years, as Denmark has consistently ranked among the happiest countries in the world, people have been speculating on the reasons behind this relatively high level of self-reported happiness. After all, this Scandinavian country doesn’t fit the image most people would form when asked to dream of the place where they might be happiest. Explanations […]

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and We’re All in This Together

For a brief period in my life, I worked as an office temp. This was early in my career, when my husband and I moved from Chicago to Denver so he could finish his graduate degrees. Moving had meant quitting my job in publishing, and I was looking for another position in this, my chosen […]

No More Shame on Mother’s Day

When I was 15 years old, a simple trip to the dentist turned into a traumatic and public family crisis. I didn’t know my mom had schizophrenia. I just knew something had stolen the best of her a year before, and she hadn’t been the same since. When she picked me up at school, I […]

Guest Post: Why Your Church Needs a Mental Health Inclusion Strategy

I’m very happy to bring you this guest post by Dr. Stephen Grcevich. Dr. Grcevich is a psychiatrist, an author, and a person who cares a lot about the experiences that children with disabilities–and their families–have within our churches (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about him, his work, […]

Go to Sleep…God Is Awake

These are stressful days in the Simpson household. With two high schoolers and a school counselor in our family, this time of year is always busy with end-of-year school demands. This year our oldest is a graduating senior, which means this month and next are even busier than usual. She’s looking ahead to college plans, […]

Check Out This Critical Training Opportunity for Youth Workers

Because mental illness most often begins in childhood and adolescence, youth workers are among our most critical compassionate caregivers, right at the front lines of mental health care. Consider this: • One in every five adolescents has had a serious mental health disorder at some point in their life. • Half of all mental health […]

Sometimes Moving Forward Means Simply Catching the Wind

Some people call it flyover country. Millions of people call it home. And I’ll never understand the short-sighted attitude that dismisses all the important work that happens in the heartland, in service of us all. The Midwest and Central Plains of the United States contain some of the most productive farmland in the world and […]

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