One study found that adults who wrote a compassionate letter to themselves for one week experienced significantly less distress and large increases in happiness for six months. To write a ‘compassionate letter’, take something you are unhappy about with yourself, and express acceptance, understanding, and encouragement for yourself about it. You might pretend that you’re someone who loves you unconditionally—what would they say to you?
…is struggle: going on to achieve great things, yet facing internal battles. Psychologists call this “Duck Syndrome”—the appearance of being placid, but with hidden flailing underwater to stay afloat. Your accomplishments look good on the outside, but inside there’s turmoil.
…n be taken from us because we have properly valued everything and everyone while they were with us. The Latin word “apatheia” doesn’t relate to “apathy,” but translates most closely to the English word “equanimity.” It could even be considered synonymous with contentment.