In the interest of a positive psychology movement, a light touch is sometimes needed. We are a small community that influences the ever- popular global ‘positivity’ movement.

There are flaws. But there are flowers. No garden is perfect in its ordered chaos. beyond the billion dollar industry, there is a bottom line. Life itself, can become too serious. 

Now in its third, maybe fourth generation, our field as a whole is calling out for a lighter touch that’s a bit less top heavy. For over two decades, the academics, practitioners and researchers have debated over bringing the balance of ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ back to the study of what makes life worth living. 

I call to synthesize that information as a unified field of study that is non-exclusive, but beneficial to all.

Benefits of a Lighter Touch

There are benefits to the light life. We can see our path more clearly. We can savor our choices, and live more purposefully. We can be where our feet are. 

“Be Where our feet are” ~ Amy Walther

A lighter step creates a place of peace. I love that step toward living a more balanced life. It helps us to heal from the things that harm us. In order to be organically real with ourselves, in spite of the pressures of cultural norms, we have to have a great deal of courage to stay focused. 

When we speak softly; walk gently and listen quietly we are courageous in this loud world. A lighter touch on the earth’s pulse is calling for us. When we are one with calmness, we can hear ourselves clearly. 

Gentle the mind

We can all benefit from knowing that there is some pearl of wisdom in each of our inspirational venues. There is useful knowledge that helps enhance our lives in the happiology. Valuable lessons can be learned in the study of suffering. One can not possibly know what it is to feel love fully without the depths of a broken heart for example.

A person can’t know full compassion if they’ve only given and never received. The same is true for our emotional well being. We become free to feel when we give ourselves permission to be gentle with our own heart. Not only are we better humans, we are better at embracing our understanding of others. 

Lightness of Being

When we can laugh at our mistakes, we know we are no longer burdened by them. If we’ve suffered, we’ll more deeply appreciate the freedom of pain. Until we can fully embrace both our dark and bright side, we can’t see clearly. 

  • Self acceptance leaves no room for judgement or competition.
  • Self awareness includes a softer side.
  • Each emotion is vital to our growth in both times of suffering and times of abundance.

Once we’ve achieved true happiness, we realize it is not all joy or contentment. It includes a bit of pain that’s been transformed into knowledge. To be able to lighten up, we are touched by the very essence of what it is to be human. 

In Peace and Light,


Author: Karen Henry has a masters in community psychology and an advanced graduate certificate in mental health counseling and a pending PhD. She is the author of Indelible Women and the ReWrite series. She’s a private practitioner and researcher in the United States. Henry Healing dot com is her calling card. 


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