ACCEPTANCE & COMMITMENT THERAPY
Based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), acceptance is an opportunity to be 100% honest with yourself. This is the first step towards a healthy relationship with yourself, built on self-awareness and self-trust.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
Many of us were trained to put on rose-colored glasses and try to force happiness. There is a time and place to put on a happy face, like at work or around certain people. However, trying to ALWAYS feel joy is disingenuous and unhealthy.
Why can't we just force ourselves to feel happiness and joy? It's not realistic. Plus, the emotion "joy" stems from being in a state of CALM, PRESENCE, CURIOUSITY, ACCEPTANCE, GRATITUDE or a similar state of being. It is how our nervous system works. There are many, many ways to cultivate moments of joy in life - like exploring nature, intentional gratitude, time with loved-ones, a tasty meal, giving gifts - but in order to have access to joy, to truly feel it, we need fertile ground of calm and presence, which acceptance practices can provide.