Easy Ways to Get Happy

In my old age–I’m almost 24, you know– I’ve become fairly “touchy feely”, as they say. I like reading about positivity and unleashing your inner potential and the languages of love and those types of things. I also enjoy the occasional Gossip Girl-esque book, but I like reading about self-

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improvement. I saw this article on CNN, and thought it was great. It’s called “Is Happiness the Secret of Success” and basically the short answer is yes.
Yes it is.

The article talks about the strong link between inner happiness and outer success/productivity. It talks about how much control we have over our own happiness, whether we realize it or not. This was really interesting to me, especially since I was having a laughably miserable morning as I read the story. The article offers a few tips for finding happiness, even in less-than-ideal circumstances. For example,

Write down three new things you are grateful for each day;

• Write for two minutes a day describing one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours;

• Exercise for 10 minutes a day

I’ve also found that when I don’t sleep, I am a cranky and miserable fool. Little things that don’t bother me when I’m well-rested suddenly seem catastrophic and devastating. Point being, sleep is important and should always be a priority. I’m also realizing that you need to be picky about who you let in your life. Negativity and cattiness are literally more contagious than pink eye was in your fourth grade classroom. If you spend a lot of time with people who have these traits, eventually it starts to impact your own outlook. Take some time to evaluate your friendships. What do you spend your time talking about? How do you feel after you’re done? If the answers involve the words other people, emotionally drained, and aggravated, then you may want to rethink the amount of time you spend talking with that person. Instead surround yourself with people who have the same type of work ethic and outlook that you have or would like to have. It makes a big difference.

I’ve also started to write down my own personal goals and life philosophies. I have them in a note on my phone so I can add to them when something comes to mind. I like defining what matters to me and where I want to go with my life. It helps give me more direction when I know what I’m working towards and what I really value and believe in. It’s a little (a lot) cheesy, I know, but sometimes when you’re dealing with stress it’s nice to have a reminder of bigger things, overlying themes, etc.

What do you do when you need a little burst of happy in your day? What do you do to maintain a general feeling of happiness in your life?

 

 

 

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