Happiness and Joy During Turbulent Times: Dr Cristie Ritz-King On How To Live With Joie De Vivre, Even When It Feels Like The Whole World Is Pulling You Down

Authority Magazine Editorial Staff
Authority Magazine
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16 min readSep 17, 2021

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Gratitude. My mom taught me this. Long before Oprah’s gratitude list turned into shelves of journals and then daily list phone apps, my little old mom was reminding me on a daily basis about all we had, not all that we had lost. It may seem overdone, the idea of being grateful. It may seem too simple; oh sure just be grateful and all the world’s your oyster. I know, it isn’t simple, or even easy some days, but the truth is, having a sense of gratitude for what you have is the most surefire way to feel happy. If you are thankful, how can you help but feel joy?

It sometimes feels like it is so hard to avoid feeling down or depressed these days. Between the sad news coming from world headlines, the impact of the ongoing raging pandemic, and the constant negative messages popping up on social and traditional media, it sometimes feels like the entire world is pulling you down. What do you do to feel happiness and joy during these troubled and turbulent times? In this interview series called “Finding Happiness and Joy During Turbulent Times” we are talking to experts, authors, and mental health professionals who share lessons from their research or experience about “How To Find Happiness and Joy During Troubled & Turbulent Times”.

As a part of this series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Cristie Ritz-King.

Cristie Ritz-King is a psychologist and licensed professional counselor in New Jersey specializing in trauma and maternal mental health. Her hallmark therapeutic approach combines a down-to-earth and realistic style that empower others to live their best lives. In addition to a thriving psychotherapy practice, Ritz-King offers Mindful Parenting Courses and Wonder Weekend Retreats for women.

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