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What if nothing makes me feel happy anymore?

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Last Updated: 07/31/2018 at 3:30am
What if nothing makes me feel happy anymore?
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I have been practicing cognitive behavioral psychotherapy since 2007 with a diverse group of adult clients with various diagnoses, all races, and socioeconomic classes.

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December 25th, 2015 3:27am
I believe that is called emptiness, when nothing truly makes you happy. Loneliness is the main cause. A lack of faith in humanity brought on by loneliness, my advice, though human but earnest is to find people that make you laugh out loud with happiness. I love people, and I hate them too. They can hurt you and raise you up from the ashes.
May 15th, 2015 1:20pm
If you're finding that nothing makes you happy anymore, you have two things that you can do. 1) Make it a goal everyday to find something that does. It can be as small and minor as you wish. 2) Find out what is causing you to feel unhappy and work towards finding a solution and/or a coping method to help you feel better. You can message me if you'd like to discuss this further, I hope all goes well. :)
January 18th, 2015 4:51pm
For one thing - remember. Remember how your mom used to hold you when you were young. Remember your birthday parties. Remember the feeling of joy and happiness and even sadness because that's what makes you feel alive. And then - imagine your future. With everything that you've been through, your roller coaster can only go up. If you can't imagine a brighter future, you don't have to. It's okay not to be able to believe in something better. But please trust me when I say that it's worth waiting, worth fighting. Your future is something that you should see one day. And something to look forward to
February 6th, 2016 7:55am
If nothing is making you happy anymore, maybe you should try and help other people to be happy. A smile is contagious and someone elses happiness may help to lead to your own.
December 23rd, 2015 10:17pm
It is absolutely normal to feel that nothing will make us happy when we are in a state of sadness or depression. The world just seems to be crashing down on us and we feel that this pain will last forever. I can say this from personal experience, pain is a feeling. It does it's course and leaves. I agree, during the time it stays, you feel hopeless and even when someone tells you that time will heal it, you don't feel like believing them because the intensity of the pain is so much. Just take the pain one day at a time and believe in yourself.. You are strong and you can get through this.. There will be things that will make you smile once this feeling is over.. Hang in there..
December 9th, 2015 3:18pm
What if you could accept however you feel instead of resisting it? Even just for a day, an hour, five minutes ... allow your "not happy" to be okay.
January 30th, 2016 11:53pm
Then you need to find a new purpose or a passion that makes you feel happy. Mine is helping people here on 7cups.
December 11th, 2015 2:33pm
You could possibly be suffering from depression or another mental health issue. Please consult with a doctor
January 1st, 2016 7:03pm
You will be happy again, I'm sure of it, wheather it's a person or just a song, a movie, a tv show, a dog, something or someone will make you happy again.
December 9th, 2015 4:12am
It's okay to feel as if nothing makes you happy. It really is. It may sound a bit odd, but when you're ready, you'll feel it again and remember there is always sunshine after the rain :)
December 9th, 2015 6:13am
I think that it's important to realize that happiness isn't a permanent state of being. Life is full of highs and lows, and we have to try and make the best of our current moments. If this feeling persists for 2+ weeks, then I would consider speaking to a professional. Also, check out 7cupsoftea's self-help guides to see if there are any tips and pointers you can find on self care and mood boosts.
December 10th, 2015 3:07pm
When i feel like i am not happy or content with anything in that moment or week i try to just sleep it off or take multiple showers. i find myself binging on foods especially sweets.
January 12th, 2015 5:28am
Generally this numbness is a major feeling that overtakes a person when they suffer with depression. I would recommend looking back into the past and finding things you used to enjoy, and try to re-ignite that love you had for whatever it was (whether it be movies, games, friends, eating donuts, etc.). Even if it doesn't seem like it will work, emotionally retracing your steps and trying out things that used to make you happy usually leads to finding things that bring back that lost joy.
December 10th, 2015 3:53am
The first step? Don't worry about it. Worrying will only add anxiety. Things change -- everything is changing all the time. So, this will change, too. Perhaps not as quickly as you would like and not without suffering, but it will change.
July 21st, 2015 9:08pm
It happens to everyone at times that all the things in the world feel dull and don't tempt you. But that is temporary. Be patient, every feeling of excitement, enjoyment will come back.
December 10th, 2015 3:46am
Then there is an underlying issue. You need to take care of your problems before you can feel happiness again.
December 19th, 2015 3:59am
are you psychic? how do you know the future? you never know what will happen the next minute. trust me, this horrible time you are experiencing will pass as long as you are alive.
December 9th, 2015 6:05am
I have been here plenty of times. I find that I begin feeling unhappy when I am alone. I find I am unhappy when my children gave to go to school and I do not know what to do with my time alone. I spent so many years helping them grow and find that I forgot how to live. I am struggling with this but find that with each day it gets easier because I find crafts or take on extra hours at work...I tend to through myself into things fully because I need to feel needed.
December 9th, 2015 2:41pm
First of all I feel like the Question can be interpreted in two ways at least. One being the hopeless version and secondly what else do I need thing, Fortunately I have not gone through the second route but a thousand times through that first phase. I believe that it was my past which made me hopeless about my future and made me reach at the point of why now! What else! But I was expecting myself to be happy someday, and I did have that hope. I will not lie, I had lost that many times but eventually I will get back to it. We all are having many reasons to be happy. I am grateful and happy that I am not one among those dying Syrians. We all have to feel happy realizing the fact that it is not me who is having the worst day of all time. For me faith and hope was very much interrelated. Every time I close my eyes and pray I did feel that Okay it is not meant to happen today, but someday. That tiny little hope could change everything for me. May be for all of us. I mean the belief that I did not come here by myself but somebody brought me here and he did have some purpose and he is not done with it probably. I mean our very existence is the proof that we all should have hope and there is a reason to be happy about. I have heard people saying that the ultimate happiness is when we find ourselves, our inner selves. I never digested the idea behind that. I feel like it is like the last point. So what is that there is nothing left anymore. But instead finding the god, his soul could be a possibility, then I do not thing anyone would be out of hope. And when there is hope there is a reason to be happy.
December 9th, 2015 6:46pm
Such a horrible feeling when you realize it, right? But the good thing is that you acknowledged your apathy. Spend time doing the things you used to love and... Maybe find new ones! Maybe your apathy is just your brain telling that you need a change.
May 7th, 2015 9:34pm
If nothing makes you feel happy anymore, you should always always always check out 7 cups of tea depression guide. It has a lot of helpful things included on how to deal with depression. If this doesn't help, they should consult with a mental health professional.
June 23rd, 2015 3:12am
Find something that makes you happy because that's simply impossible. There's always something in this huge universe that you've yet to discover. Don't give up yet. Look for it.
December 10th, 2015 2:22am
There is always happiness that can be felt, you must allow yourself to really listen to your dreams. If you are doing something that is not creating happiness in your life, do not fall into despair.. you just need to make some alterations in your day to allow change. Give yourself time to see that no matter what situation or obstacle you face in your life, there is a happy outcome that can be achieved in all negative ones. Do not allow your vision to be obscured by the obstacle, instead allow it to search for the outcome.
December 11th, 2015 9:37am
Sleep. It always helps me. Stay out of anything negative. Eat a lot of bananas. Watch funny vids on YouTube. Someday, you will find yourself again.
December 10th, 2015 5:40am
That is impossible. In order for there to be darkness, light has to exist. So if you feel unhappy, happiness still exists.
December 13th, 2015 12:54am
I feel that way a lot too, what helped me was to spontaneously do things that i know i love and make me happy. If it's something planned then through time you'll lose interest and when its that day ts not that exciting, in my experience. i hope this helps!
December 16th, 2015 2:59pm
If nothing makes you feel happy anymore, there is a possibility you are missing essential vitamins and minerals. Maybe some mood enhancing GABA, St. Johns Wort, 5 HTP
January 2nd, 2016 5:11am
This is a tough situation to be in - it's very easy to lose faith in ever finding happiness. First, you must identify if this lack of happiness is caused by one specific thing or situation, or if it stems from a lack of passion in general. If you can recognize that this lack of happiness comes from one problem, you must take steps to reduce or eradicate the presence of that one thing in your life. If there is no direct cause that you can identify, you must seek to broaden your interests. This may require going out of your comfort zone. Try joining a local book club, taking a yoga class, or even going out to a coffee place on your own. Meet new people or meet up with older friends; share passions; watch movies; read blogs - do anything that will increase your knowledge on things in your life that you have not yet considered. With all these steps in mind, it is absolutely necessary that a change in mindset takes place. Though it sounds completely cliche, a lot of your mood depends on your outlook and/or perspective on your life and other lives. Finally, re-asses your environment: the things you do, the workplace environment, the people you surround yourself by, and your day-to-day routine. Make sure that all of the above are things that make you content. Good luck!
December 10th, 2015 4:57pm
If you find yourself in a dark place where things that used to make you feel joy don't seem to have any effect on your general mood anymore, it's good to recognize that this isn't your new life. Every person deserves the help and support when they are going through a period of joylessness, whether it is short or long lasting. If your happiness is eluding you, consider seeking the help of a trained professional or confide in a trusted friend or family member. You can get unstuck!
July 10th, 2017 6:22am
There will be times where you feel like nothing is enjoyable in life just keep looking. Eventually you will find your thing one little thing that will make you happy it could be a thing it could be a person whatever it is as long as it make you happy.