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WINTER 2017-2018

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PURSUIT HAPPINESS Local mental health experts share tips on feeling joyful By Dawn Liles I f money were the true source of happiness, then Ballantyne residents — with a median income of $153,089, according to www.city-data.com — should be some of the happiest people in the country. But some researchers say once people earn enough to meet their basic needs, there is no longer a correlation between money and happiness. Much research has been done in the past 25 years to better understand the emotion and what people can do to increase feelings of contentment. Dr. Heidi Limbrunner, a psychologist at Southeast Psych in Ballantyne, says her clients often come to her with a sense they could be happier and more content but need advice on how to get there. She initially tells them: "Remem- ber the simple things: eat well, get enough rest and take care of your health." From there, Limbrunner and Charlotte-based licensed clinical social worker Kristen McClure recommend several additional ways to help increase happiness. Connect to Others, Values Limbrunner suggests to clients that they develop and nurture positive rela- tionships. Ironically, when people are pursuing their dreams, one of the first of BALLANTYNE WINTER 2017-2018 68 Feature

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