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The quest for personal happiness can be exhausting if it means trying to avoid all negative emotions and experiences.

Key Points:

  • In life, we carry with us both the good and the bad things that form us.
  • When we try to push away the hard things, they ironically become heavier burdens for us to bear.
  • As we accept the negatives, we are free to live for a greater purpose. When we accept and embrace pain, it becomes easier to bear.

Quote This:

Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. -Kevyn Aucoin

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Share some of the highlights of your life so far. Share some of the trials you’ve faced in your life. How did each of those events affect you? 
  3. Do you think it is true that the more we push away our problems, the heavier they become? Explain. How has avoidance created problems for you in the past?
  4. How could embracing your challenges change your perspective about them?
  5. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.