May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We will go to the doctor for a physical checkup but how many of us engage in a mental health checkup? The goals of my process, InsideOut Empowerment, provides us with ten things we can do to improve our well-being and increase our happiness.

1. Assess the strength of your needs while learning to obtain the proper amounts for happiness. We all have five basic human needs—connection, freedom, significance, survival, and enjoyment. While we share that in common, the strength of our needs vary so for example, one person may be high in connection and enjoyment, while another person might be high in significance and freedom. The key to happiness is to engage in behavior that brings you the precise amount of each need you want. Having too little leaves you feeling deprived and having too much can leave you feeling oversaturated.

2. Understand and take responsibility for your choices. You have choices in every situation. You may not have any “good” choices or choices you like but there are choices nonetheless. Read more . . .

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