Create a Happy Life That's Sustainable
International superstar and social media savant The Rock wasn’t always, well, The Rock. After winning a College Football National Championship with the University of Miami, Dwayne Johnson failed to make neither the NFL nor the Canadian Football League. Dwayne went from a god on campus to living with his parents, and quickly fell into depression.


Think about that. We’ve all seen ‘The U‘ 30 for 30 documentaries (Parts 1 and 2 highly recommended and entertaining!). That was partially Dwayne’s life and what he was used to while in college. Dwayne went from a college experience very dissimilar to his peers at the U, only to find an eerily similar fate after graduating. One can imagine this abrupt change could lead someone into depression.


Dwayne was able to pull himself out of this depressed state with the support of a community of others like him, who had found a life after football. This eventually created The Rock, as Dwayne found a passion and success in professional wrestling.


I also found healing in the support of a community when I went through a divorce. However, this support group was found in an unlikely and convenient place: Google! Through Googling my emotions, what I was dealing with, or anything that was on my mind, I found a community of others who had gone through similar changes. I also found psychological sites that would assist me in the various steps to recovery. Through this practice, I had a knowledgeable support staff literally at my fingertips. Similar to The Rock’s story, that community support made all the difference in my health and recovery.


Take a cue from The Rock that we are never alone in this world – try cultivating individuals or a group that truly cares about and supports you and your endeavors and watch your happiness increase. And if all else fails, find motivation in his Instagram account (no, seriously!) 🙂


Blessings on blessings,

About The Author

Mental Gymnastics is supported by a collection of like-minded individuals who have daily happiness practices. They will lend their expertise in various facets of life over time, sharing how and what they've implemented in their lives to achieve a sustainably happy life. Mental Gymnastics was started by Sean Yoon McDevitt, who holds a BA in History from the University of Georgia (while competing as a Division 1 Swimmer), an MBA from the University of Oregon, and an International Association of Meditation Instructors Membership.


  1. Hey Sean!

    Wow, I obviously had no idea as to your former situation, and am very sorry to hear about a little of what you went through regards depression. I definitely appreciate you sharing part of your story, and your suggestions For seeking support in difficult times. I’m really happy that you were able to get yourself back on track. It’s really great to see people like yourself giving back in such a positive way.

    Keep on loving and sharing.


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