I feel guilty when I want to watch an awards show, or American Idol, or other mindless TV, when people are literally dying or trying to survive in the worse of human circumstances, like what’s been going on in the aftermath of the quake in Haiti. How do I have the right to be happy, or to laugh or to care about the fluffy stuff? When I watch the Grammys or Academy Awards, I love looking at the sparkly jewelry, pretty dresses and glamorous hair and makeup of the stars. I loved seeing Pink spin around on her apparatus, with water pouring down like a Cirque de Solleille performance. I loved the music, and Lady Gaga at the keyboard with Sir Elton John. I know I should be reading the newspaper and absorbing the events of the world, but I just would rather focus on the fluff. What is wrong with me? I feel like a bad person!
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Happiness is the New Flat Abs
As a magazine editor who writes cover lines to appeal to the most number of readers, I am here to tell you that happiness has replaced "flat abs" as the number one goal, the holy grail everyone is seeking. To me, this makes perfect sense, since you can have a flat stomach, at your goal weight, have a great hair day, and any attribute you care about, but if you're not happy, it's all for nothing. I have worked hard on my happiness, and I want to share what I’ve learned.
With the help and expert guidance of Catherine Birndorf, MD, a women’s mental health expert, this blog will reveal what women are striving for, happiness, calm, gratitude or simply an absence of unhappiness. I will share (but hopefully not over-share) events in my life to help others find more joy and appreciate the "perfect moments" when they arrive. Join in, comment, and we will circle into each room and discuss issues most critical to you. Here, I begin, and toss it over to Catherine (Dr. Birndorf to you!) and see if her strategies resonate and help you solve your problems. Tell us what worked for you and what didn’t. And yes it is work, just like being your fittest or healthiest self. Of course the only person in charge of making your feel bad or good, unhappy or happy, is you, but we are here to help!