Next Avenue: Why Letting Go Is the Path to Happiness


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Summary of Article

Many of us want to try to control all of the details of our lives. We have been told from a young age that we must work hard to create our own success. But to force and push to “make things happen” can actually zap our happiness and steal our joy. Surrendering, on the other hand, contains no resistance and opens us up to receiving all that our heart desires. For self-proclaimed “control freaks,” giving up control can push us outside of our comfort zone and into the unknown. But once practiced, it can create a liberating state of emotion and place us on a path to happiness beyond our dreams.

In this article for Next Avenue, based on my book The Power of Surrender, I share what it means to surrender and why letting go, at any age, is the most effective approach to happiness.

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Judith Orloff, MD is a New York Times bestselling author with the upcoming book The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Yourself, Your Relationships and the World (Foreword by the Dalai Lama). She has also written The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, which offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people. She integrates the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, empathy, energy medicine, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and online internationally. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Asia. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at

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