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About GuidePosts to Happiness

by Will Meecham, MD, MA
August 8, 2010

If life were easy, this blog would be unnecessary. The fact is, many of us live with almost daily conflict, upset, and struggle.  Many of us come from difficult or frankly horrible childhoods, or for other reasons carry burdens of grief and trauma that diminish our ability to enjoy life, to be happy.

We are fortunate to be alive in an age when effective solutions to life’s challenges are rapidly being worked out. Combinations of modern neuroscience, selective adaptation of ancient philosophies, and common sense are providing tools we can apply in daily life to reduce our distress and increase our joy.

Will Meecham worked as an oculoplastic surgeon until neck problems ended his career at the early age of forty-two. In the aftermath of this loss, psychiatric vulnerabilities left over from a traumatic upbringing led to many years of deep depression and intense anxiety.  This forced him to explore the popular and technical literature surrounding mood disorders and trauma. Combining his study with professional help, he gradually gained ground against these difficulties.

The result was a toolbox, of sorts, containing many techniques for fostering wellbeing. Dr. Meecham now speaks and works in the mental health arena, spreading the message that suffering can be reduced by using methods that are daily being either rediscovered and newly devised.

This blog is directed to those who share similar challenges of mood disorders, childhood hardship, and/or major adult crises. The hope is that others will learn beneficial approaches to life’s problems that they can incorporate into their regimens for recovery. Contrary to popular expectation, happiness is not primarily the result of major life components such as career, relationship, or finance. Instead, it arises from minute-by-minute dedication to healthy actions and outlook. We all know people who seem to have the material ingredients for joy but who remain miserable; we also know some who carry heavy burdens yet remain cheerful and satisfied with life. This blog will provide guideposts for finding satisfaction regardless of circumstance, and for creating a happy life despite the churning unpredictability of fate.

 

 

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Recent Comments
  • Will Meecham, MD, MA: Gary– What an quirky and excellent way of putting it! Thanks for the comment. –Will
  • Gary Ledbetter: Nicely stated. I’ve told people that I love life so much that even if all that was left of me...
  • John: From my understanding, this is why Buddha suggests meditation, because when one develops an understanding of...
  • gretab: It was only the friend that was against the medication. Thankfully, twenty yrs later the others have grown in...
  • Will Meecham, MD, MA: Gretab– Medication is an individual choice. It’s not my place, nor anyone...
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