Psychology Says This Is the Top Contributor to Happiness (It’s Not What You Think)

I lost my son: Airman turns tragedy into therapy through resilience

Following the unexpected death of her youngest son, Jeremiah, she became reckless. She was drinking daily and didn’t care whether she lived or died.  It took a failed suicide attempt and court-ordered therapy for her life to change.

When Tech. Sgt. Amee Espinoza decided to end her feelings of hopelessness, she put her older son Isaiah to bed, kissed him, and then swallowed a handful of valium. At the moment before sliding into unconsciousness, she felt something other than helplessness – regret. The last thing she remembers is screaming.  When the survivor and now mother of two awoke, she was in a hospital bed. Espinoza told the nurses of her experience and was admitted into a mental institution. She spent two weeks in inpatient care and was court-ordered to seek outpatient therapy upon her release.  The court order saved her life and unearthed a calling in her to serve others through therapy…


Psychology Says This Is the Top Contributor to Happiness (It’s Not What You Think)


According to a report by The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the No. 1 contributor to happiness in life is not money, popularity, good looks, or even a good sex life (too many…jokes…can’t pick…just…one).

It’s autonomy.

The report defines autonomy as: “the feeling that your life, its activities and habits, are self-chosen and self-endorsed.”

A University of Michigan study found that empowered employees report a high level of job satisfaction and organizational…

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