Many people believe therapy is something you need when you are not satisfied, happy or content with life.
Mental illnesses go far beyond being happy or sad, and many people that don't think they need therapy may, in fact, be in acute need of it.
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It isn’t about being happy all the time.
Striving for a happy life is one thing, but striving to be happy all the time is unrealistic.
Hedonistic: in order to live a happy life we must maximize pleasure and avoid pain. This view is often short-lived.
Eudaimonic approach: it takes the long view and argues that we should live authentically and for the greater good. We should pursue meaning and potential through kindness, justice, honesty, and courage.
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