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It's better to focus on where you are going than how you are feeling
Focusing on where you're going instead of dwelling on how you feel at the moment could give you much needed motivation. It's also the premise of acceptance and commitment therapy. The goal is not necessarily to change or reduce one's problematic thoughts or emotions, but to foster meaningful and effective behaviours regardless of mood.

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The 'assumption of healthy normality'

There is an assumption that emotional pain and suffering is a deviation from a default happy baseline. However, it's incorrect. Psychological pain is everywhere. 

Resea...

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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

The goal of ACT is not necessarily to reduce one's problematic thoughts and emotions. It is to help people effectively function while they are distressed and to promote more flexible and value-driv...

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Valued living

Valued living is going about your daily life in the service of values you find important. Engaging in these actions creates a sense of meaning and purpose.

The symptoms of p...

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A value-driven agenda

We might not have any control over the pain we experience, but we exert some control over how we respond to that suffering.

Common responses to difficult emotions include av...

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A different stance towards pain

An emotionally difficult exercise to help see the inextricable link between valued living and painful experiences is the following:
  • Write down some of the internal experiences you are strug...

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The valued path

Sometimes it is hard to engage with your struggles. That it is the crux of the work in ACT - to look at your judgments and suffering, in order to move toward that which is meaningful.

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