The Monday Challenge

Monday Challenge is to be happy today!
The truth about Happiness
There is so much information about Happiness all over the place   it makes it tough to know what really makes us happy.
I wanted to clear up some of the myths on happiness and give you   the real info on happiness.
For today challenge yourself to be happy. Its one day at a time   so you can practice happiness each and every day!
1. You need to feel all emotions – This means we just cant feel   the good emotions, the ones that make us feel joyful. We need to feel anger,   sadness, grief, loss, etc. If we don’t feel these emotions they get buried and   come out in different ways. We can physically get sick, we can be angry and   irritable, we can lack trust and have a lot of stress just to name a few. So,   make sure to feel all emotions. Once we aware of our feelings and go through   the feelings, they lose their power.
2. We will not always be happy – we will have bad and good days.   That is normal and to be expected. if we expect to be happy all the time, we   are setting ourselves up for failure. Its an unrealistic expectation.    
* What we want to do is work on how we cope with these bad   days/situations. We want to be resilient. The more optimistic we are in   general the more resilient we are.
3. Happiness is based on perspective – its how you choose to see   things. Its how you choose to look at a situation. An optimist would choose to   see even a negative situation as temporary and as a learning experience. An   optimist would say: what can I learn from this situation? A pessimist would   say: why me? This always happens to me? A pessimist see’s themselves as a   victim.
4. True happiness includes letting go – its realizing we cant be   in control of everything and its ok to let go and accept where you are. We   learn that by letting go and accepting where we are at the moment puts us back   in some control. Its gives a foundation to move forward from. An optimist will   know that there control lies in letting go and acceptance.
5. Accept that change is going to happen – we can try to live in   a bubble without change but all that brings is stagnation which can lead to   depression. An optimist accepts that change is part of life.
6. The happiest people live in the moment. Pessimists are   constantly worrying about the future (anticipatory anxiety) or they are stuck   in the past which they can’t change. Your happiest moments are in the   now!
September Workshops
Friday, September 20, 1pm – Grief – Free workshop
Oakville Senior center, CT
Monday, September 23, 7pm – Positive Parent
Westfield Community School, NJ
Wednesday, September 25, 7pm – Re-entering the   workforce
Union County College, NJ
Thursday, September 26, 6:30pm – Declutter your life and reduce   stress
Sussex Community College, NJ
Diane Lang – Positive Living   Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized speaker, Happinesss author, educator, therapist and media expert. Lang   is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and   wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive   living as well as multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In   addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct   professor at Montclair State University.

Lang has been interviewed for numerous magazine and newspaper articles and   has been a frequent guest on radio and TV shows including “Fox & Friends”   on the Fox News Network. Lang is a monthly contributor for “Family Beautiful”   magazine, a weekly columnist for, a regular featured expert on   the “Expat Show” broadcasted weekly on the New York ABC affiliate WTBQ-AM, and   a Blogger at ;     Lang speaks to   employees of large companies to help reduce stress in the workplace and speaks   to parents about how to create balance and find happiness along with a variety   of other health and wellness topics. For rates or to book Diane Lang contact:

Diane is also the author of two books: “Baby Steps: The Path from   Motherhood to Career” and “Creating Balance and Finding   Happiness.”

About Finding your happiness

Diane Lang, practicing therapist, national speaker, educator, and certified positive psychology coach, has her master’s degree in counseling and is an adjunct in psychology at Montclair State University. She has written three books, and has been featured in various publications, and on TV and Internet shows. Diane speaks on various mental and emotional health topics including Happiness, Resiliency, Stress management, Parenting Positive Aging, Anxiety, and Depression in both teens and adults. Diane also specializes in Positive Psychology Positive Education and Positive Parenting. Thousands of individuals have benefited from Diane’s motivational and educational speaking, trainings, and coaching. Her Hands-on approach along with her background, education and experience has proven to be beneficial to all who attend her presentation. To learn more on how you could bring Diane to your organization please email
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