Most of us have a life that looks great on paper. To the outside world we are successful and prosperous because we tick all the boxes. There is, however, a fundamental difference between success and happiness. Just because we may look successful, doesn't mean we are happy...
Brene Brown said in her TED talk about the Power of Vulnerability, that, "We live in a vulnerable world. And one of the ways we deal with it is we numb vulnerability." and it is as a result of that numbing of emotion that, "we are the most in-debt, obese, addicted and medicated adult cohort in US history"
And this isn't just the case in the United States...but in many other countries around the world.
In order to find kindness and compassion for others, we need to find it within ourselves by treating ourselves kindly. And yet our inner chatter is often harsher than we would talk to anyone else.
To strengthen your inner resilience to dealing with the vulnerable and ever changing world in which you live, it is a good idea to look at your own levels of happiness in each area of your life.