Anxiety

Signs You Are an Overthinker


Overthinking is common among anxious, perfectionists. It is obsessive thinking or ruminating. I recently wrote an article about dealing with my own overthinking tendencies while remodeling my kitchen.

People who overthink feel like they can't turn off their brains. They are constantly questioning, second guessing, evaluating. So much so that they create "analysis paralysis", or the inability to make decisions.


happiness

It’s National Do Something Nice Day


 

October 5th is National Do Something Nice Day. A day dedicated to doing something nice is a fantastic idea!

Did you know that doing good deeds can actually improve your health? Dr. Stephen Post of the Institute for Unlimited Love revealed that kindness and volunteering increases longevity.  Other research has shown the performing acts of kindness increases levels of happiness.

Today your challenge is to...

Overcoming Perfectionism

Is Success Making you Happy?


 

Conventional wisdom is that success will lead to happiness. On the surface, it makes perfect sense. If I work hard and achieve my goals, I will be proud of myself and rewarded by the rest of the world.

The research just doesn't support this idea. I loved Shawn Achor's book The Happiness Advantage and popular Ted Talk about happiness at work.



Success doesn't necessarily create happiness. Have...

Overcoming Perfectionism

What’s Wrong with being a Perfectionist?


It seems like everyone is hating on perfectionism. Many of us grew up thinking perfectionism was a good thing. Perhaps your parents drilled it into you. Or maybe you came to the conclusion yourself that success and winning are the ultimate measures of your worth. It seems the tides have changed and we’re losing our love affair with perfection.


General

Welcome to Happily Imperfect

Perfectionism -- the need to get and do everything just right -- can be a very disabling, difficult behavior to overcome. The perfectionist often overthinks the things he or she cares most about, to the point of indecision. Every decision is revisited and the accompanying self-criticism can be withering.

What can a perfectionist do to help alleviate some of this stress and anxiety? How can they overcome their perfectionism, or at least...

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