My YWN Introduction

Hey Everyone! My name is Kevin. I just recently started helping out with the Youth Wellness Network and wanted to give myself a bit of an introduction. I’m going to be doing some blogging for this site so I wanted to give an overview of what brought me here.

I was drawn to the Youth Wellness Network because of my own journey in self improvement and self discovery. Throughout my life I have dealt with lack of self-esteem and lingering feelings that I’m not wanted, and not loved. I’ve often lacked confidence because of some of these internal thoughts and feelings and have struggled with expressing myself and really putting myself out there at times because of it. I’ve been through depression but I’m happy to say I’m not in that place anymore. While I still have some struggles with confidence and self-esteem at times, I feel like I have grown tremendously, have made good strides, and am on a great path right now. I’ve found that some of the things that have helped me out and made me a happier person are the same things that are at the core of YWN, and I wish I had them available to me at a younger age. That is why I am passionate about being a part of it!

In our current society, we have a high rate of people with university degrees, but we’ve also had climbing rates of depression and divorce. WHO has projected that if current trends continue, by the year 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of disability in the world.  I’m not trying to infer that higher education is the cause of these issues in the least, but rather am just trying to illustrate that something is clearly missing and/or out of wack in our development in current society when it comes to matters of the heart.

How to deal with adversity, how to deal with stress, how to forgive, how to treat ourselves and others with kindness and compassion, and how to be happy in the moment: there are tools and resources available for these things and I believe our youth could greatly benefit from having more access to them. With Youth Wellness Network I’m hoping to help fill in the gaps for some of the things we don’t typically learn about in our youth so that the next generation, along with myself and whoever else wants to be a part of it, can develop good habits and be healthier and happier people. 

Research on happiness set points has shown that approximately 50% of our happiness is based on genetics, 10% is based on our circumstances (job, wealth, marital status) and the other 40% is determined by voluntary control. This includes our: thoughts, feelings, words and actions (Lyumobirsky, 2008). I believe we often spend a lot of time focusing on that 10% but not much on that 40%. I personally think it’s time to take control of that 40%! 

Look forward to using my noggin to do some bloggin’, hope you all like it!

-Kevin

Sources

WHO stats: http://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/basics.htm
Happy set point: http://books.google.ca/books/about/The_how_of_Happiness.html?id=dqQwhLVZCTEC

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