Grand Rapids Increased Happiness Help

Counseling to Increase Happiness—Therapists in Grand Rapids, MI

Think about someone in your life who is happy. Think about their lives. What are they like? What is their life like? Like most people, they probably have bad days. They may feel disappointed, frustrated, angry, or sad at times, but overall, happiness characterizes their life. Happy people usually do not have easier lives, and yet, they can maintain their smile through the chaos. They can sing with Pharrell,

Here come bad news talking this and that
Yeah, give me all you got, don’t hold back
Yeah, well I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine
Yeah, no offense to you don’t waste your time
Here’s why: Because I’m happy…
—“Happy”

How do happy people keep a smile on their faces? Advice is everywhere online about how to grasp and maintain this kind of resilient happiness: Have enough friends—but not too many. Do Pilates or yoga or both. Stand in a power pose each morning. Eat these foods; avoid those foods. The advice seems endless. For the average person, however, distinguishing between clickbait and sound mental health advice is difficult.

The encouraging news is that everybody can learn how to be happier. New research has shown that the emotion of joy is quite similar to a muscle. While every person has a unique level of physical strength, every person can also grow stronger through exercise. Similarly, every person experiences a unique level of happiness, but with time and certain mental health exercises, people can be happier.

Just as a lot of people seek out a trainer’s help to grow physically stronger, so a lot of people are also seeking out a mental health professional’s help to grow emotionally stronger. Skilled therapists can cut through useless clickbait and point clients to research-based, well-proven psychological techniques that cultivate happiness.

The therapists at Thriveworks Grand Rapids have helped many people live happier lives. If you are ready to prioritize your happiness, we are ready to help.

Resilient Joy

Happiness that remains steady when life is a rollercoaster is never rooted in the circumstances of life. Consider, for example, these scenarios.

  • Last weekend, your team lost the big game in overtime, and you have had a hard time getting out of bed since.
  • The restaurant is out of the entrée you had been looking forward to ordering. Now, the whole evening out is ruined.

Can you relate?

More likely than not, you can. A lot of people look to circumstances outside of their control to determine how much happiness they experience. The variables may change, but the formula remains the same: adverse outcome=negative emotions, favorable outcome=positive emotions. Unfortunately, people usually have little to no control over these outcomes, so happiness feels like an out-of-control, random emotion.

Happy people maintain their joy through the ups and downs of life because they have learned to draw happiness from within themselves and from sources that are steady. They have abandoned emotional habits that sabotage their happiness, and they have cultivated emotional habits where happiness can grow.

Sabotaging Happiness

Certain habits undermine people’s joy. Switching up these habits may stimulate fulfillment and satisfaction.

  • Comparison: Eyeing someone else’s situation, possessions, and/or actions inevitably results in feelings of superiority or inferiority, not joy.
  • Blame: Accusations and criticism means that energy is wasted on finger pointing instead of problem solving. Unresolved issues often grow and smother happiness.
  • Entitlement: As Thomas Jefferson wrote in The Declaration of Independence, happiness is to be pursued. Waiting on unearned joy to arrive means people are wasting their time.

Strengthening Happiness

Just as people have control over cutting out emotional habits that sabotage their happiness, they can also learn emotional habits that strengthen their happiness. This task may seem impossible, but a lot of people have learned the secret: little steps go a long way.

Therapists can often help people pinpoint which emotional exercises will help them the most. Usually, strengthening happiness involves a future, present, and past element:

  • Setting a goal – Working toward a target can bring focus to people’s daily lives. Setting personal and professional goals that are achievable also means people experience regular rewards.
  • Practicing mindfulness – Cultivate self-awareness without analyzing or judging. Let any feelings, thoughts, and sensations arise. Be present and observe.
  • Promoting thankfulness – When people take time to talk about or write down things for which they are grateful, they are teaching themselves to look for good things in life. Soon, they may start to see opportunity, beauty, and kindness they had previously missed.

Increasing Happiness Help—Therapy at Thriveworks Grand Rapids

If only there were a magic formula or potion to increase happiness, but there is no such thing. Often, the happiest people are those who are proactive and willing to work on their emotional health. It is possible to be a happier person, and Thriveworks Grand Rapids has appointments available for increasing happiness help.

Are you ready to meet with a mental health professional about living a more joyful life? Our professionals are ready to meet with you. We accept most forms of insurance. Evening and weekend appointments are available, but we do not keep a waitlist. Instead, many new clients meet with their counselor within 24 hours of their call to us.

Your happiness is important. Let’s work together toward a more fulfilling life. Contact Thriveworks Grand Rapids today.

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Angel

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Angel was the sweetest person! I’m so glad I chose this place for help! I felt like a crazy person at first but she made me feel like I was just normal and just going through a lot! I really appreciate angel!
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So Thankful

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Thriveworks is a blessing. I got an appointment with a counselor within a week. Margaret Rose was wonderful. She was kind and insightful and I felt safe with her. I highly recommend Thriveworks Grand Rapids
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Denise-NP

★★★★★
My son saw Denise for the first time recently and she was great. She seemed very well informed in every area and so willing to help my son with his anxiety. She actually spent time with us and seemed to care. I'm so glad we found her.
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Denise Skonieczny NP

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I was in need of a psychiatrist for chronic depression and anxiety. I came across thrive having only a 4 month wait instead 9 to 12 month wait with any other psychiatrist. This was wonderful news. I met Denise as my clinician. She is very empathetic very knowledgeable. She has helped me alot sine my first vist. She is very dedicated to her patients which I truly appreciate. I would highly recommend her for any psychiatric needs. I think she goes above and beyond her role. She is a caring individual. There should be more people like Denise. She needs to be recognized for her work.
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Wonderful

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I am so pleased with my therapist, Lori. She does an outstanding job. When I read her specialties online I knew I had the right person, but when I met her for the first time I was convinced. I’ve raved about her to numerous people and have recommended Thriveworks a few times to people I know - everyone could use a Lori in their lives to help sort things out. The old adage comes to mind: “if you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day, if you teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime.” I am learning the skills to live and navigate life circumstances. I am calmer, happier and better off than I was when I first walked through the door. I’ve been given a gift and I am most grateful for all her help.
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No compassion

★☆☆☆☆
I saw Nancy. I specifically asked for someone who SPECIALIZES in domestic abuse. I am in an abusive relationship and she kept telling me "it's your choice to stay." She always questioned why I felt things or did things, like I should have this all figured out. I'm seeking therapy because I feel like I cannot leave and I know that's not a good thing. She had no compassion for what I have been through and just said it's my choice. No addressing the pain I've been through and how I have been affected by this. I feel like I can't leave because I feel like I would fall apart if I left, but I feel like I'm dying inside the relationship. This is a whole process that occurs over a long period of time. I have no self esteem, I have tried to leave and there are so many threats and manipulation, etc. I get shit from everyone about leaving, like its as simple as that for me. I wanted compassion from a counselor. I needed validation of my feelings, not another person telling me that I choose to live like this, like I want my life to be a living hell. I realize that I do make this choice ultimately, but there is so much more to this situation and I needed to process it. I am a doormat to everyone and she just asks why I do this. I NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHY and how to change! Her tone and questioning made me feel like she was being judgemental. She is a nice person, but she is not therapeutic. I couldn't move on with her after this. It felt like she was invalidating my feelings just like the rest of the world, like nothing I feel is real and I'm crazy. I shut down. I got a letter about being non compliant, that's why. It was no longer a priority for me to go and get treated like that. She never tried to help me process my feelings, just to say positive phrases to myself and eat healthy and exercise. This stuff is good, but doesn't help me deal with the things I have been through.
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Awesome!

★★★★★
I have nothing but good things to say about my therapy with Lori. I was hesitant to begin a therapy regimine without knowing anything about the therapist. After the first session I knew I had found the right person. Lori is so adept at pinpointing the problems and gives very useful ideas of how to handle them. She is very personable and easy to talk with. I will miss these sessions but I have the confidence to know I have the tools to deal with whatever comes my way. I am a much happier person!
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All is well!

★★★★★
All is well!
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Fantastic. Look forward to future sessions

★★★★★
Fantastic. Look forward to future sessions with my son!
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My therapist is amazing

★★★★★
My therapist is amazing she listens to everything I say she is very nice and kind I would recommend her to anybody that needs help i am so blessed to have her
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Good grasp of my problem.

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Good grasp of my problem.
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Very professional

★★★★★
Very professional. Counselor is engaging and helpful.
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I actually did not get to

★★★★★
I actually did not get to bring in my daughters due to a personal issue, but when I spoke with their therapist over the phone she was very helpful and although she isn’t my therapist she talked to me about my issue and helped me calm down preventing a panic attack that was starting. I am very thankful to her and will be rescheduling my daughters to see her.
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Everything was great.

★★★★★
Everything was great. Alot of information given
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I look forward to

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I look forward to working with Jason.
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Lori is amazing.

★★★★★
Lori is amazing. Relatable, fluid conversation. Going back next week!
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Amazing availability

★★★★★
The therapists availability is amazing. The scheduling was smooth as well as paperwork. Thank you!
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Work Wonders

★★★★★
I've had one lesson so far and I can already tell that this place is going to work wonders.
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Enjoyed

★★★★★
I enjoyed having my visit at your location.
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Highly Satisfied

★★★★★
My meetings with my therapist were thought provoking but humorous. We clicked together the first time I met her ten years ago. As she moves on, I know that I am able to move forward also.
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Integrity!

★★★★★
Grand Rapids is an awesome place, filled with caring employees and overflowing with integrity. You can be sure that you are in good hands, and will see great changes in your life after a few sessions with these counselors.
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Wonderful

★★★★★
is wonderful - the office is beautiful, the therapists are amazing and everyone makes you feel so comfortable. Thank you, thank you!
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Great Therapy!

★★★★★
You won't find a better therapist than Olja Haglund! She moved here recently from another practice where I originally was her patient and I "moved" here with her. If you are looking for a therapist who will give you what you need, not what you want, look no further....I highly recommend and the professionals who work here!
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