Tracy Barrand Counseling
Reach the Peak of Your Happiness Potential

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Have you ever wondered what happy people have in common? According to several studies, the following are six things happy people have in their lives:

Close Personal Relationships

The most important human attachment bond is marriage. “His Needs, Her Needs” is a good book on improving marriage. If close personal relationships need to be developed elsewhere, we can find friends in places, such as: lunch buddies, running buddies school, crafting classes, callings and meetings such as enrichment, etc.

Maintain Good Health

The way we treat our physical body directly affects our emotional state. Exercise orders up mood-boosting chemicals from the body’s internal pharmacy. One 10 minute walk can lift us for two hours.

Have an Attitude of Gratitude

Where we place our focus greatly impacts how we feel. Do we have a reservoir filled with disappointments, or do we have one filled with gratitude? Seeing the silver lining in the stormy clouds is a choice and a habit.

Give Service

The most important service we can give is to our own families. We can get revelation to help our children. There is a correlation between unselfishness and happiness. Check out “Time Alone” “The Best New Year’s Resolution I Ever Made” on

Set and Achieve Goals

Listen to the promptings of the spirit to know what you can focus on and achieve. Don’t worry about changing everything – just pick the one the Spirit directs you to work on now. Many women have lifted themselves to more happiness by taking college classes, finishing a degree, overcoming a bad habit, becoming a better mom, etc.

Meaningful Religious Faith D&C 88:68

We will find happiness and strength through our relationships with God and our whole bodies can be filled with light. Remember that through the Atonement the Savior suffered for our afflictions and emotional pain in the Garden. He wants to help us overcome.

Treating depression is my specialty. I have suffered two severe episodes of depression that together affected thirteen years of my life. In addition to clinical training in depression, I’d like to use what I’ve learned about happiness to help battle the cause of your depression. Again, we will be using both cognitive therapy and the grace of the Savior to tackle this affliction.

There are basically three ways of dealing with depression. One, change your situation, two, change your behavior and three, change your feelings. A good therapist can help you accomplish these changes. Below is a thought-provoking video I ask many of my clients to view that shows one woman’s journey to change her feelings about her situation. I have helped clients through the difficult task of changing one, or all of these ways. It takes time, patience and professional help.

If you think you think someone you love might be depressed, type in “Depression Assessment” in a Google search.