BONUS What If Trying to Choose To Be Happy Isn’t Working?

Plenty of well-meaning people in our lives try and motivate us by saying, “Just choose to be happy every day!” But why, then, isn’t it that easy? Why when many people try and choose to be happy, do they actually end up feeling worse? If you’ve ever experienced this, then please know that you’re not alone. As a matter of fact, you’re in the overwhelming majority of people that struggle with trying to choose happiness, and having it last. In this episode, Tony discusses a couple of studies that back up the fact that positive affirmations typically only work when the person already believes the idea that they are affirming, but when we try using them when we don’t believe the affirmation in the first place, that they can leave us feeling more lonely, and depressed. Susan David’s book Emotional Agility as well as Russ Harris’ The Confidence Gap and The Happiness Trap are referenced in this episode.

Tony’s new best selling book “He’s a Porn Addict…Now What? An Expert and a Former Addict Answer Your Questions” is now available on Kindle.

Tony Overbay, is the co-author of “He’s a Porn Addict…Now What? An Expert and a Former Addict Answer Your Questions” now available on Amazon The book debuted in the number 1 spot in the Sexual Health Recovery category and remains there as the time of this record. The book has received numerous positive reviews from professionals in the mental health and recovery fields.

The book tackles tough questions with answers from both the expert and the addict’s point of view. Tony, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and creator of The Path Back, an online pornography addiction recovery program that has helped hundreds of people overcome turning to pornography and other compulsive sexual behaviors as a coping mechanism, and Joshua Shea, former addict, and author of the book “The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About” read their respective answers to questions such as “Finding out he’s addicted to porn has turned me off to sex completely, what should I do?” And “How much do we tell the kids?” And “Does this mean that God is mad at me, or doesn’t love me?”

Reviews include: “This is the most helpful book for porn addicts and the people who (still) love them. One of the most courageous and timely books to help with a widespread and almost never talked about epidemic that is ruining marriages, careers, and lives. It will give hope to millions of people who are addicted to pornography. — Mark Goulston, MD, FAPA, Author of Just Listen Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.

You can learn more about Tony’s pornography recovery program The Path Back by visiting And visit and sign up to receive updates on upcoming programs, and podcasts.

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