Posts by Stephanie Dittrich

Stephanie is a college student with an entrepreneurial spirit who has learned to thank her struggles for what they have taught her. She has learned that even the toughest situations are an opportunity to adapt and grow. You can contact her at sdittrich @ live . com.

The Key to Happiness: Accept Yourself & Stop Seeking Approval


“Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgment of the facts of a situation, then deciding what you’re going to do about it.” ~Kathleen Casey Thiesen

I think many of us get caught in a vicious cycle of thinking that leads us to believe we can only be happy if we gain acceptance from others. We think to ourselves, “The only way I can ever love myself is if others do.”

This leads us down a path of self-deprecation and hopelessness. We end up making decisions purely for the sake of gaining approval and acceptance, when really we should make decisions …