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Trudi Jane Wyatt, MA, CT, CCC
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The “C” in CBT (Part One): What do you mean by “happiness”?

As explained in “What is CBT?”, the ‘C’ in CBT stands for ‘cognitive’ which refers to thoughts. Your thoughts.

Many people come to therapy thinking that they want to be “happier.” But what do they mean? That they want to experience more moment to moment enjoyment, and low stress? Or perhaps they are seeking a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in their lives, including identifying core values and ideals?

The ancient Greek philosophers such as Socrates and Aristotle made a distinction between these two types of happiness:

  • “Hedonia” as present-moment or near-future pleasure, and
  • “Eudaimonia” as the cultivating / building type of happiness, perhaps leading to a general sense of rightness in one’s world.

And today, the field of “Positive Psychology” is reviving these two important variations on the concept of happiness. In this blog post (see link), they are further fleshed out in Dr. Nico Rose’s summary of the works of Dr. Veronika Huta:

For help with thinking about achieving more happiness in your life, please contact me to set up an initial consultation or first appointment.

Edited 22Apr2018

Note that this post is not psychotherapy / counselling; please contact me or another professional if you require these services. If you need urgent support, consider Toronto Distress Centres at 416.408.4357. If you need immediate help, call 911 or go to your local Emergency Room. Note this post is for information only, does not imply that a professional relationship has been established with readers, is not advice, and does not imply intent to provide professional services to readers. Intended audience: Current adult residents of the Canadian province of Ontario only.

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