Because I’m Happeeee

By Delia Nessim

Nothing can relay a message quite as effectively as a catchy song. In this case, the message is that Pharrell Williams is choosing to be happy and nothing is going to bring him down. The idea that ‘happiness is a choice’ is a popular concept these days, but not a new one. In the 1860’s Leo Tolsoy said, “If you want to be happy, be.” I think most people would choose to be happy.

So why is it that so many people seem unhappy? The trouble might be that they don’t know any other way. Many people think that their circumstances are random and when good things happen, they feel happy and when bad things happen, they feel sad or angry. There has been a great deal of research on the subject of happiness. According to the documentary film called “Happiness,” just 10% of happiness is derived from circumstances, 50% of our happiness comes from genetics and the remaining 40% comes from our own actions and choices. Forty percent is a significant percentage. The studies explored what actions or events led to increased happiness. The number one thing was being of service. Volunteering your time is very rewarding; it helps a person shift the focus off of their issues and onto something bigger.

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By Dean Solon

waiting for something to happen,
waiting for something more to happen,
i chose not to be recognizing that everything had happened,
and i was free, and i am free.
why did i forget?
why do we forget?
i remember why.
i am a bozo on this bus that travels on the earth,
each bump on the road a spurring of a remembering,
a next bump on the road a jolting of a forgetting.

Featured Groups


Free New Moms Workshop

Wednesday, 5/28, 10:00 am-11:30 am
Being a new mother can be both exciting and challenging. If you are a new mom and are interested in meeting other new moms in a supportive environment to talk about the ups and downs of parenthood, then this workshop is for you! This program will focus specifically on changes in your identity as a new mom, as well as changes in relationships with significant other and family members. The workshop will be facilitated by Kim Vargas, LCSW and Lynne Unikel, PhD. Babies welcome! For more information or to register please contact Kim at 267-568-7846 or

Introduction to Mindfulness Group

Mondays, beginning 6/16, 7pm – 9pm (Six weeks)
Cost: $245 for one; $425 for 2 people
; $150 for students with a valid ID
Have you always wanted to learn about mindfulness but didn’t know where to start? Would you like to deepen your individual practice with a structured group? Research on mindfulness has shown that it can help improve quality of life, relationships, and physical and mental health. In this program, you will receive instructions in a supportive group format with the guidance of an experienced teacher.  You will also learn about mindfulness meditation and how to be more mindfulness in your daily life. This group will meet for six weeks on Mondays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, beginning June 16th. The deadline for registration is June 9th. To register or for more information, contact Laura Gambrel, Ph.D., LMFT at  or visit

Teen Group Therapy Circle

Mondays at 7:30 p.m., beginning May 5th
Cost:  $25/week

The teenage years are a difficult time. A teen's developmental task is to find a sense of identity, which becomes increasingly complicated by stressors like school, friends, family and technology. Group therapy provides teens with a safe space to relate to one another. It normalizes difficult feelings and situations that adolescents may experience. This weekly therapy group can benefit high school teens, ages 14 through 18 who are experiencing:
  • Feelings of depression, anxiety or low self-esteem
  • Social rejection or isolation
  • Family conflict
  • School problems
The Teen Group Therapy Circle will run on an ongoing basis and cover a variety of topics, based on the needs of the participants. Groups will promote mindfulness, enhance healthy peer connections and provide a network of support.
For more information or to register, please contact Katie K. May, MS, NCC, Child and Adolescent Therapist at 610-813-2575 or, visit

Listening to the Wisdom of Your Body

Wednesday, 5/7, 7:00 pm-8:45 pm
This program is part of the Interstitial Cystitis and Pelvic Pain support and education group, led by Licensed Clinical Social Worker Kathleen Krol and featured guest speaker Brittiney George, a Certified Rubenfeld Synergist.
Has chronic pain or discomfort taken over the driver's seat and left you feeling like a passenger in your own life? During this workshop, participants will take time to tune back in and listen to the wisdom of their body:
  •  Learning how to feel empowered by your body's ability to feel deeply
  •  Learn what your body knows about pain
  •  Honor the wisdom of your body and your unique needs for healing
For information about this group, more information about the program and to register, email with â€œMay 7 Support Group” in subject line or call 215-289-3101#1.

Divorced Women’s Group

This six-week workshop helps women cope with the challenges and life changes following separation and divorce. Program includes interactive group discussion along with information and a variety of techniques to release stuck emotions. The intention will be to achieve a sense of peace and closure, so that the participants will feel more ready to move on to the next chapter of their lives. Group is forming now, so please contact Delia Nessim, Marriage and Family Therapist and group leader, at 610-416-7535 or with your interest and availability.

Clinical Supervision Group 

3rd Wednesday, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
If you are a therapist seeking licensure, this group provides information, resources, case presentation and discussion, and opportunities for meaningful connection with peers. Special focus on trauma-informed case conceptualization. Group is led by Licensed Professional Counselor Elizabeth Venart who is also available for individual consultation. Learn more at or by calling 215-542-5004.
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Upcoming Events & Programs

Meditate and Create
Mother's Day Special

Give mom a special day out!
Register by April 30th and Bring Mom for FREE!
Sunday 5/11, 1:00-3:00 pm cost $20
Pamper mom and give her an afternoon of quiet reflection and creativity. We will gather for meditation and art making, using watercolor, oil pastels, collage, etc. to create a reflective image of your meditation experience, or create a piece together and give mom even more to remember!


Group Tapping Session

Wednesday, 5/28, 7-8 pm
Cost: $10.00

Join Delia Nessim, MFT, as she shares EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), a powerful energy tool to release stress and emotions that get trapped in the body. Each participant will get an opportunity to work on a topic of their choosing (pain relief, resentment, anger, etc.). The rest of the group can borrow benefits by tapping along. 
» RSVP by calling 610-416-7535, emailing Delia at or registering online


Philadelphia Writer’s Workshop

Tuesdays, 7-10 pm
Sit in on a Tuesday-night workshop for FREE (by appointment).  
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Rumi and Hafiz:
Reading and Discussion

Wed. 5/21, 7:30-9:30 pm
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Laughter Yoga

Mondays, 10 am 
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Morning Meditation

Mondays, 8:30-9:30 am

Evening Meditation

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm

Qi Gong Classes 

Thursdays, 2:00 and 6:15 pm

Knitting Circle

Saturday, 5/10, 10-11:30am
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A Farewell Message from Jodi Schwartz-Levy

Thank you so much for 5 wonderful years of community at The Resiliency Center. While the connections have been precious, the time has come for me to step into my dream space. 

In May, I will be opening my Healing Arts Studio in Chestnut Hill, where I will be expanding my offerings. The Resiliency Center will always be near and dear to my heart. Thank you, Elizabeth, and all of the WONDERFUL practitioners that have offered me so much support through the years. I look forward to building greater relationships together as our journeys unfold.

For more info on Jodi’s new studio, visit her website

Quotes of the Month

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be”
– Abraham Lincoln

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate”
 â€“ Oprah Winfrey

“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder”
– Henry David Thoreau 
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