Inherent Worthiness

(a Meditation on Happiness by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD, in his book, Happier)
“To lead a happy life, we must experience a sense of inherent worthiness. As Nathaniel Branden writes, ‘In order to seek values, man (sic) must consider himself worthy of enjoying them. In order to fight for his happiness, he must consider himself worthy of happiness.’ We must appreciate our core self, who we really are, independent of our tangible accomplishments; we must believe that we deserve to be happy; we must feel that we are worthy by virtue of our existence…
If we do not accept our inherent worth, we ignore or actively undermine our talents, our potential, our joy, our accomplishments…Inherent worthiness is a state of openness–of being open to happiness.”

This seems like a great thing for me to keep in mind always. As a survivor of early trauma, this has been something I’ve worked hard to instill in myself. A great message to put out there as my book is at the printer finally! I feel a mixture of relief, excitement, nervousness – OMG! what is going to happen when it’s in my hands and in other people’s hands??? And then there’s marketing to get it out there….


About Sarah Gillen

Sarah Gillen, MA, PCC, LMFT, is a credentialed leadership coach, and a marriage and family therapist with 30 years experience. Her own book, The Path Beyond Pain: Using your Energy Dynamics to create the life you want is due out in 2010. She developed a protocol for releasing trauma and pain synergizing Energy Medicine, Oriental Medicine, and Buddhist and Western psychology. As well as coaching leaders to achieve more and be more fulfilled, Sarah now teaches hundreds of people to heal and protect themselves and to manifest their potential by learning skills that enhance their energy systems. Sarah also coaches parents. Due to her unique perceptual abilities, she has discovered solutions for challenging childhood problems such as abandonment terror, sleep and eating issues in small children, hypersensitivity, and teen angst. Sarah is writing another book proposing a new child developmental phase called peri-adolescence, as a result of examining the causes and effects of eight-to-eleven-year-olds' accelerated development. Her website is:  
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2 Responses to Inherent Worthiness

  1. I’m talking on my site about this subject aswell. So I totally agree with you!

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