Happiness is a common goal for most. We get married and desire to live happily ever after. We want to enjoy our lives with our kids, friends, and loved ones.
Feeling happy makes us more productive, healthier, and extends our life span. Happiness, however, is not an easy goal to achieve for everyone. Some people are natural optimists and find it easier to be happy most of the time.
Then there are those who struggle to be happy. It could be because of life’s events or other things. If happiness seems like a dream, you may need the help of a therapist.
Today, therapy does not have to cost you a trip to a physical office. You can access other forms of therapy, such as online therapy. With online therapy, you can have a therapist at your convenience. It is also a good option if you live in a remote area where you cannot quickly get access to a therapist.
So, how can therapy make you happy? Below are several ways that you can achieve happiness by talking to a professional.
You will receive undivided attention without judgement
You may have the option of turning to your family members for support, but that may come with its limitations. Some will not give you the attention you want, while others may jump to conclusions even though they mean no harm.
You need a person who will listen to you with an unbiased mind. A therapist’s goal is to listen carefully, putting their opinions and emotions aside to give you an objective solution. A therapist will help you deal with negative thoughts, anxieties, fears, and everything in-between.
Group therapies offer social benefits and support
Group therapies are fantastic. You get to meet people who may be in a similar situation such as yours. You, therefore, build a social circle of support. Being around people you can resonate with is enough to make you happy. Group therapies can also be a mirror of yourself and a way to help you uncover blind spots which may be standing in the way of your happiness.
A therapist will help bring out your strengths
A therapist’s goal is to equip you with life skills that help you deal with life’s issues. Most therapists today use strength-based therapy, a kind of therapy that focuses on your strengths and inner resourcefulness rather than emphasizing your shortcomings and failures.
They bring out your strong points and teach you skills that will build your inner self and help you face the world differently. This kind of therapy is more effective as it has a long-lasting effect on your personality and perception of the world.
Many people today feel like they do not have time for therapy. However, if you understand how therapy works and the useful role it can play to help you change your world; you will organize yourself and make time to speak to a professional.Featured Image by Oliver Kepka from Pixabay
First published in August 2019; updated October 2021