Can You “Profit” From Your Misery?
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Can You “Profit” From Your Misery?

Misery can either paralyze you, or spur you to make things better. When people are miserable, they automatically assume it’s a bad thing. Nobody enjoys this feeling, but perhaps you can use it to motivate you to make a change.

Why not take the time to probe the source of your misery? Have you ever felt terrible, and not known why? Have you ever argued with, or hated someone for no good reason? Have you ever driven in your car, and acted irrationally (road rage)? These things happen when you’re not plugged into your feelings. To understand your feelings, think deeply and honestly about what may be causing your unrest?

There’s good misery and bad misery. Good misery causes you enough unrest to make you want to do something constructive to rid yourself of your pain. Bad misery comes in the form of tragedy that is sometimes beyond your control. It may be an illness, death of a loved one, or a situation where you made a mistake.

If your distress is primarily coming from things that you can’t control (bad misery), such as bad things happening in the news, take a step back, and think about what this is doing to you. Do you really need to obsess about things that you have no control over? What does that accomplish? (more…)

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You Deserve To Be Happy!
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You Deserve To Be Happy!

It should be pretty obvious that everyone deserves to be happy. Happiness is a state of mind, a reaction to the experiences in our lives. Some of us have the good fortune to be born with a happy disposition. Others might have to “work” at being happy.

People who are highly sensitive feel things very deeply, and this can make us vulnerable to getting stuck in a negative mindset. On the flip side, we also feel joy deeply, so if we can find ways to be happy, we’ll get an amazing return on our investment!

Where do you fit into the happiness spectrum? Do you focus more on the positive or negative things in your life? Does it bother you to be unhappy, or are you accustomed to it? (more…)

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Do You Need To Explain Your High Sensitivity?
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Do You Need To Explain Your High Sensitivity?

I never thought I needed to explain my high sensitivity. If something bothered or irritated me that I was very “sensitive” to, I would let that person know I wasn’t happy. Sometimes I handled it in a proper and calm way and explained why something bothered me. I didn’t mention my sensitivity.

More times than I’d like to admit, I didn’t handle it in a civilized manner. If someone commented that I was “too sensitive” about something, I would retort “Yes, I am sensitive, and I don’t like what you said.” in a not so nice tone of voice. I would then explain what was bothering me. Hey, I never said I was perfect! Although we HSPs try to be. Why is that? (more…)

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How Well Do You Know Yourself?

How do you really see yourself? Do you understand what makes you “tick?” What motivates you? What pushes your emotional and physical “buttons?” The answers to these questions and how you act and react to life situations will determine the quality and richness of your life.

Twelve years ago, I found out that I was a highly sensitive person. I thought that I knew myself well. I didn’t! The class that I attended about highly sensitive people was a real eye opener for me. I was relieved to find out that there was nothing wrong with me. This class was life changing. (more…)

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