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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