We’ve all done it – said something so mean to ourselves that if anyone other than ourself said it we’d deck them. But there we are beating ourselves up over and over again about doing, saying or being XYZ. In a recent article posted to CNN called Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect, author Brené Brown, talks about the link between perfectionism and happiness. She says, “We get sucked into perfection for one very simple reason: We believe perfection will protect us. Perfectionism is the belief that if we live perfect, look perfect, and act perfect, we can minimize or avoid the pain of blame, judgment, and shame.” If that got your attention, the rest of the article will captivate you. I highly recommend for anyone who has ever flirted with the need to be perfect at anything.