As we wrap up another year, I always like to review my five most popular blog posts from the year. If you missed any of these reader favorites, be sure to click through and read the posts.
Thank you so much to all of you! Whether you’re a regular reader or this is your first time stopping by, I appreciate you taking the time to read and share the posts here on Happily Imperfect. Your comments are always welcome, as are your suggestions for future blog posts.
You Don’t Outgrow the Effects of an Alcoholic Parent was far and away the most popular post of 2016 on Happily Imperfect. The profound effects of growing up with an alcoholic parent don’t just go away when you grow up. Many adult children of alcoholics share these common struggles in adulthood, but they don’t doom you to unhappiness or repeating the cycle.
26 Questions to Help You Know Yourself Better is a set of questions to help you gain greater self-understanding. I believe the three keys to healing codependency are to know, love, and be yourself. This post is a simple way to begin the process of knowing yourself better.
What Causes Codependency? gets to the roots of codependency. Once you start to notice and understand your codependent traits, it’s natural to wonder where these traits came from. The answer isn’t the same for everyone, but many people can trace these traits back to childhood experiences when they were adaptive and necessary.
3 Codependent Traits that Breed Anger and Resentment is a guest post by Michelle Farris, LMFT. Codependency, anger, and control all go hand in hand. This article focuses on three common traits of codependency: control, people pleasing and the lie of being “fine” and how they contribute to anger and resentments. This post explains how to transform these traits into relationship assets.
22 Ways to Love Yourself More rounds out this year’s top five. The concept of self-love can seem hokey to some…and complicated to others. I want to break down those barriers and make self-love something we all embrace as important and totally doable. This post provides 22 concrete ways to practice self-love and it was followed up with more ideas in 9 Simple Ways to Love Yourself and 9 More Ways to Love Yourself.
I hope these five posts have been supportive and given you a little push towards being a happier and healthier version of yourself!
©2016 Sharon Martin, LCSW.