Give Up Your Search for Happiness

Just stop.

Did you ever notice that if you’re actually searching for happiness, it implies that you don’t already have it?  So instead of searching, why not start to embrace it RIGHT NOW?  It is right here, right in front of you. 

If you’ve followed this blog for the past few years, you may have noticed that it has evolved over time.  It started out as a creative outlet for a person who had no source of creativity in her life (that’s me.)  When I felt drained and empty, this blog gave me a voice and a chance to express myself like I never had before.  It was a catalyst that enabled me to leave a very unhappy 10-year career in dentistry.  When I discovered that there were others out there just like me, others who felt stuck and were looking for a way out; I became inspired to share my story of how I got into and out of dentistry.  Now that story has run its course.  I’ve covered it all.  There’s not much more to say, and it’s time to move on.  While it was very cathartic for me and very helpful for others, it’s now time to let go of the past and start living in the present.  After sharing my story, the only natural thing to do was to encourage and inspire others to get out of their own unhappy careers (many in dentistry.)  If I can change, anyone can.  People just need to know that change is possible.

Just as my blogging topics have followed a natural transition, the right vehicle has come into my life at the right time.

Now I have a way to share happiness with you, and you can share it too.  So stop searching for happiness.  Instead find it.  Join me in a global movement to create and share happiness.  It’s right here, right now.  Just do it.  Allow a little bit in, and you’ll see how it will grow.  Watch this inspiring video, visit my new live happy website, and become a part of the movement.

It’s free, and you have nothing to lose… except sadness, that is.



13 thoughts on “Give Up Your Search for Happiness

  1. I’ve followed your blog for quite some time now want to wish you the best in anything you choose to do. I’ll miss your insights into dentistry and the pursuits of things not found in a seemingly wonderful occupation. I’ve often wondered if electricians, geologists and welders have their versions of Pankey, Spear or Dawson that (arguably) exist because of the dissatisfaction so widespread in dentistry. The sense of humor expressed by you and the regular commenters could only be appreciated by those involved in this business. I responded to a post about a year ago and at that time i had placed my practice for sale after much soul searching. Without being dramatic (i would have done it anyway) one of the drawn out discussions here influenced me to “pull the trigger” and sell the damn thing. Not knowing where i would be a year later (I have a family to support), I couldn’t be happier. I was offered a full time position at the dental school that I’ve taught at for many years, my practice sold for a reasonable price and I have a sense of peace that I haven’t had in years. Anyway, thanks for the little island of comfort (in a web blog) knowing that there were other people in this business undergoing the same thought process that i had. I tell my students that dentistry can provide for you a very good life but it will take it’s toll over time both mentally and physically-SAVE YOUR MONEY AND DON’T BUT A BUNCH OF STUFF. The day will come when you will inevitably wan’t to expand you horizons and debt will keep you in the stool beyond your useful time. Pursuing happiness should be one’s true life goal-your new web venture seems like a winner. Thanks Laura.

    1. What I say to people who ask me about it, is that in dentistry, the best way to enjoy it, is as you said, not getting into too much debt and being able to work when you want, in reasonable times while doing the kind of dentistry you enjoy, if theres such a thing. If you get out of school with a lot of debt and manage to get yourself into more, to match your old dentists friends lifestyles, houses and cars. You will be grinded in few years. And its not a thing about being good or being the best, cuz thats what a lot of people think, even in dental school, students think bad about teachers to themselves, like this guy probably was a mess and thats why he is teaching. Thinking its only about the hands ability and dentistry knowledge. And that if you are not happy practicing, its cuz you suck at doing dentistry.

    2. Hi E.D.! Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m so glad you’ve followed along and shared the craziness and the humor here. I’m also so happy that you had the courage to make such a huge change and sell your practice. It sounds like it was the best thing you could have done. Amazing how much we appreciate that new-found peace after living for so many years in a negative situation. I will happily share any other insights I have on dentistry if people have requested topics, but for now, I’m have no other things to write. (Although I do have a book idea, which I’ll probably never get around to!) 😉 Anyway, I hope you’ll continue to stick around and join in now and then! That’s some good advice to give your students. I’m sure it will be a big help to many of them.

  2. Hey good article, I was wondering what zodiac sign are you guys? Not to sound weird but I guess its a thing of personalities about who keeps enjoying dentistry and who doesnt, its not that I am a firm believer in zodiac stuff, but I would bet a lot of people struggling in dentistry belong to certain type of personality, that can be generaliced in zodiac signs or even enneagram but the last one is less known.

  3. Found this and wanted to share.

    Of course is a generalization but you can read the descriptions and see who would struggle in today dentistry of selling and marketing, and people going where they charge less. Imagine the cancerian in a big dental chain, overworked and not being able to quit because of debt. Poor girl would be eaten alive, trying to be nurturing and soft in that scenario.

    1. Funny I’m a Capricorn. Not sure what that says about me other than I have damn good skills and deserve to be paid well for them! Ha! Where do you practice? I assume you are like many others who follow the blog and want a change?

    1. I bet you’re right. It seems a lot of these types of things are just repackaged information… even the stuff I write about! 😉 Nice to hear from you. I hope your work, family, and photography is treating you well these days!

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