Brookhaven Retreat Clients Celebrated National Happiness Happens Day on August 8th by Creating a Personal Happiness Manifesto

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Brookhaven Retreat®, LLC, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, clients celebrated National Happiness Happens Day on August 8th by Creating a Personal Happiness Manifesto.

Brookhaven Retreat®, LLC, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, clients celebrated National Happiness Happens Day on August 8th by Creating a Personal Happiness Manifesto.

National Happiness Happens Day, celebrated on August 8th, is a day created to acknowledge and show happiness. The Secret Society of Happy People founded this day in 1999 as a way to show where happiness is in life. According to the Secret Society, there is not a perfect formula for happiness, but simply recognizing happiness can increase it. This year’s theme is “I See Happy”, which encourages people to stop and recognize the little moments that make themselves and others happy.

As part of The Lily Program®, a 90-day treatment for women offered exclusively at Brookhaven Retreat, clients are encouraged to show and share the things that make them happy. On August 8th, clients created Personal Happiness Manifestos. Each manifesto had statements, goals, and self-care activities that a client could reflect on or complete when confronting a difficult time. Many of the Manifestos were decorated with colorful art and cheerful, soothing images. After completing the Manifestos, each client shared with the community their works of art. Throughout the evening there were many signs of happiness: subtle grins, laughter, confidence, positivity and motivation were shared among clients and staff while completing this activity.

Owner and founder of Brookhaven Retreat, Jacqueline Dawes, personally knows the importance of recognizing and promoting happiness and ensures that happiness is an essential function throughout the program at Brookhaven Retreat. Dawes stated, “Happiness is a choice that implies the need for action. If we can learn to actively participate in our own quest toward happiness, we eventually find that taking action is all that there is to it.”

Happiness is celebrated every day at Brookhaven Retreat. Happiness is a common goal in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a model that the Lily Program is based on.

About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

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