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5 Ways to Create Happiness Despite Hardship

You can create happiness despite hardships like mental illness, loss, trauma, and stress. Explore who you are. Learn 5 ways to begin to smile despite strife

The idea of creating happiness can sound absurd when you’re facing hardship. Sometimes, life makes people want to stop, turn around, and retreat to bed indefinitely. This can make a whole lot of sense, because life can be incredibly stressful. A burdensome struggle, even. No one is exempt from times of hardship. Further, sometimes people deal with extra challenges such as mental illness, abuse, trauma, loss, and more. How do you—how does anyone—keep from retreating? How do you smile and even find happiness in the face of strife? 

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Can Traumatic Brain Injury be Opportunity Instead of Loss?

When I experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a car accident, and proceeded to exacerbate it by sustaining two subsequent concussions, there were times when I felt as though I had suffered a great loss, the loss of who I thought I once was. My mental health and sense of self took as much of a blow as my head did.  The sense of loss was accompanied by anxiety, often extreme, and mood swings, from low to high multiple times in a single day. I often felt as though I had lost myself, the person I had been for over three decades.

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