Are Your Friends and Family Affecting Your Mood?

Do you ever wonder why certain people make you feel amazing?

What about people that make you feel bad?

Being aware of how you feel in the presence of others is important if you want to have a positive outlook and live a fulfilling life. Being around friends and family members that energize, inspire and encourage you can help you feel happy and healthy. Of course, the reverse is also true. This is especially significant if you struggle with stress, anxiety, depression or low self-esteem.

Chato B. Stewart (, a cartoonist and mental health advocate that uses his talents to make people smile, encourages his readers to reflect on the value of the top 5 relationships in their lives. His article “Top 5 People You Spend Most of Your Time With WILL Effect Your Mood” asks you to ponder whether or not the people you spend the most time with are adding value to your life or not.

If your level of happiness is not as high as you would like it to be, take a look at who you spend the most amount of time with. Ideally, the people closest to you should love, support and motivate you to be your best. In short, they should make you smile. After all, your circle of family and friends has the power to lift you up or bring you down.


Susan Blackburn

Susan Blackburn

About Susan Blackburn:

Susan Blackburn, M.A., C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Therapist in Toronto at Yonge Eglinton, a Published Author and a guest Relationship Expert on radio and television.

Susan enjoys working with people to enhance the quality of their lives. Her collaborative psychotherapy and counselling approach offers clients effective tools and strategies to increase happiness, manage stress, find balance, improve confidence, embrace self care and focus on the positive so that they can relax and enjoy life.

Services are covered under most extended health benefits and workplace insurance plans requiring clients be seen by a Registered Psychologist through her registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Susan is the owner of Susan Blackburn Psychology a boutique therapy private practice located in midtown Toronto at Yonge and Eglinton.

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