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When most people are asked to identify their goals in life, what they really want in life, most people say they want to be happy. A “happy” life is then defined by a feeling of contentment and satisfaction with oneself, one’s family and relationships with others, one’s job, one’s home, etc., yet there is always room to strive toward unmet goals or facets of one’s life to be improved. In some respects, we all continually strive to be happy in one way or another for the duration of our lives.

“To feel good” or “to be happy” is a common therapy goal identified by our patients when they initially meet with us, but what does it really mean to be happy and how does one achieve this sense of satisfaction?

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the frenzy of holiday shopping, the old adage, “Money can’t buy Happiness” comes to mind. A Harvard professor set out to disprove this notion, but he did not, sort of.  He learned something very interesting…how to buy happiness.  Check it out:

As Dr. Norton mentions at the conclusion of his talk, DonorsChoose.org is a really unique charity opportunity.  In the spirit of holiday giving to those who are in need, my practice donated to a fundraising effort to purchase social skills training items for special education children in a nearby inner city school. This is a really great website that allows donors to choose projects they wish to fund from a wide variety of projects in schools nationwide. We feel happier already.

Happy Holidays!

 

…Marla W. Deibler, Psy.D.

 

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How to be Happy…

Marla W. Deibler, PsyD

Marla W. Deibler, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and nationally-recognized expert in anxiety disorders and the obsessive-compulsive spectrum, including trichotillomania and other body-focused repetitive behaviors, obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding, and tic disorders. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia in New Jersey, an outpatient facility specialized in providing evaluation and evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral therapies for these and other difficulties. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of OCD-NJ, the New Jersey affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). Dr. Deibler gained her formative clinical experiences at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Children’s National Medical Center, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. She gained specialized behavior therapy experience in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders at the nationally-recognized Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. Dr. Deibler served as a clinician at the National Center for Phobias, Anxiety, and Depression. She also served as Director of Behavioral Sciences at the Temple University School of Dentistry and served on the clinical faculty at Temple University Schools of Medicine and Allied Health as well as Temple University Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Deibler has published scientific research in peer-reviewed journals and has presented clinical training seminars and research findings at national and international meetings. She has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, A&E’s “Hoarders”, TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive”, CBS News, ABC News, FOX News, It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle (CN8, Retirement TV), and CBS’s “Swift Justice with Nancy Grace”. She has been quoted by media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and the Connecticut Post, among others. Dr. Deibler holds licenses to practice psychology in New Jersey (Lic. No. 35S100438000) and Pennsylvania (Lic. No. PS0157790). She is an active member of the American Psychological Association, Trichotillomania Learning Center, International OCD Foundation, OCD-New Jersey, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Dr. Deibler resides in suburban Philadelphia with her husband (who is also a psychologist) and three children.


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APA Reference
Deibler, M. (2013). How to be Happy…. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-that-works/2013/12/how-to-be-happy/

 

Last updated: 3 Dec 2013
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 3 Dec 2013
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