CareOne at Madison Avenue Monthly Support Group Empowers Residents To Choose Happiness

As Pharrell Williams’ Oscar-nominated song “Happy” sweeps the nation, CareOne at Madison Avenue residents explore what it really means to be happy and how to choose happiness.  Clinical Psychologist Marjorie Woodruff, PhD, visits CareOne at Madison Avenue residents every week and leads a monthly topic-based support group for residents and caregivers.  This month’s topic, chosen based on feedback from residents, focuses on empowering ourselves and those around us to be happier in the here and now.

Read Dr. Woodruff’s top five tips on making the choice to be happy:

  1. Gratitude – reflect on the people, places, and things that you are grateful for.
  2. Appreciate the “now” – Life is a gift, and your struggles are unique and wouldn’t be yours if you were not able to overcome them. Never give up trying to be the best you. When one door closes, another one opens.
  3. Control what you can – 40% of your happiness is within your control.  There are always ways to overcome obstacles, try working on activities that you can complete.  That sense of accomplishment can make you happy.
  4. Fake it ‘till you feel it – feelings follow actions. If you feel low, you deliberately act sad. If you are deliberately cheery, you will find yourself feeling happier.
  5. Try new things – challenging yourself and novelty are key elements of happiness. The brain is stimulated by surprise. People who do new things are generally happier than people who stick to familiar activities.

For more information about CareOne at Madison Avenue and attending the support group, please visit or call (973) 656-2700.

April 11, 2014 | Posted by CareOne | Filed in Blog | Tags: , , , ,