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 the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her latest book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with its companion The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s 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 and has a TEDX talk. Her other books are Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive HealingExplore more information about her Empath Support Online course and speaking schedule on

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