The Ingredients of Happy and Healthy Living



FLEXIBILITY
Healthy individuals tend to be flexible thinkers — as opposed to having rigid, bigoted, or invariant rules, which tend to reduce happiness.

SELF-ACCEPTANCE


Healthy people choose to accept themselves unconditionally, rather than measure or rate themselves or try to prove themselves.

RISK-TAKING
Emotionally healthy people choose to take risks and have a spirit of adventure in trying to do what they want to do, without being foolhardy.

NON-UTOPIAN
We are unlikely to get everything we want or to avoid everything we find painful. Healthy people do not waste time striving for the unattainable or for unrealistic perfection.

HIGH FRUSTRATION TOLERANCE
Healthy people recognize that there are only two sorts of problems they are likely to encounter: those they can do something about and those they cannot. Once this discrimination has been made, the goal is to modify those obnoxious conditions we can change, and to accept (or lump) those we cannot change.

SELF-RESPONSIBILITY FOR DISTURBANCE
Rather than blaming others, the world, or fate for their distress, healthy individuals accept a good deal of responsibility for their own thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

SELF-INTEREST
Emotionally healthy people tend to put their own interests at least a little above the interests of others. They sacrifice themselves to some degree for those for whom they care, but not overwhelmingly or completely.

SOCIAL INTEREST
Most people choose to live in social groups, and to do so most comfortably and happily, they would be wise to act morally, protect the rights of others, and aid in the survival of the society in which we live.

SELF-DIRECTION
We would do well to cooperate with others, but it would be better for us to assume primary responsibility for our own lives rather than to demand or need most of our support or nurturance from others.

TOLERANCE
It is helpful to allow humans (oneself and others) the right to be wrong. It is not appropriate to like obnoxious behavior, but it is not necessary to damn oneself or others for acting badly.

 
ACCEPTANCE OF UNCERTAINTY
We live in a fascinating world of probability and chance; absolute certainties probably do not exist. The healthy individual strives for a degree of order, but does not demand perfect certainty.

COMMITMENT
Most people tend to be happier when vitally absorbed in something outside themselves. At least one strong creative interest and some important human involvement seem to provide structure for a happy daily existence.

 

What type of therapy is best? What is REBT? How does it help?
What is Stress?? Psychotherapy defined
Understanding Irrational Thinking The 12 Irrational Beliefs of REBT
The ABCs of REBT What are Rational Beliefs?
ABCs Worksheet ABC Disputing Chart
Keeping Emotions in Check 10 Happiness Beliefs
Healthy Relationship Defined Help for Relationships
Self-Esteem Defined How to Accept Yourself

 From www.rebt.org, Resource Guide for Practioners

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