Caroline Johnstone is originally from Northern Ireland, now living in Ayrshire. She encourages and empowers people, whether it is as an Employment Law Advisor or in running courses that dare people to be happier. Journaling is at the heart of what she does, after she discovered it’s power to change her thinking and life.
She is an NLP Master Practitioner, coach and poet, having been published in the UK, Ireland and the U.S.
Why Dare to be Happier?
I chose Dare to be Happier because I want to encourage people to move from sadness to happiness. Depression often happens because there are things in our lives we believe we are stuck with and cannot accept, and that conflict makes us unhappy in ourselves. The reality is that only rarely are there things we cannot change; we nearly always have choices, but too often we don’t make them because we feel we “must” do something, “need to do something” or are limited by our beliefs about a situation. Daring to be positive isn’t just about positive psychology though; it’s about the choices we make, even after our life turns upside down with significant life changes such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of our job, or the diagnosis of a life shortening or chronic illness, for instance. Victor Frankl inspired me that even with such events in our lives, we can choose to be happier. It’s now how I now live my life
How do you dare to be happier?
I invite fear to inspire me to create, connect and to motivate me to stretch! We forget that all we have to do is keep stretching our comfort zones and soon they will be naturally bigger and we will forget that initial fear, and find a new comfort zone. I made a conscious decision to stay positive, and focus on kindness where I could do so – it meant that not everyone who was in my life at that time was happy with my choice, though some changed to grow with me. But I’ve found that when I removed the negative people, or cut down on the time I spent with them then it left room for positive people to come into my life, so that I’m now blessed with a group of dear soul friends – anam caras, as they are called in Ireland, where I grew up.
Journaling transforms lives. What are the rules, what do you write about, what does the science say – and does it matter that you journal? You get 7 key journaling tools explained and you have 52 guided questions so you access your own inner wisdom to live the life you want.