Thursday, January 28, 2016

INSPIRE // Being Happy in 2016: A Reminder to Myself

Since I'm rubbish at them, I didn't want to label this as my New Year's Resolution.  I think quick fixes will get you quick results that vanish quickly and I much prefer and try (keyword: try) to make healthy lifestyle changes that become second nature so it's long-term and permanent.  Makes sense, right?  Something I struggle with is staying positive and happy, especially in the moment.  Sometimes it's due to stress or anxiety and other times I'm afraid I'm losing my mind when I get sad for absolutely no reason.  Self-help authors and Pinterest quotes alike say happiness is simply a choice.  Easier said then done. I often wondered how certain people can always, always be happy.  Are they genetically predisposed with it?  Since that's not me, I've had to figure some things out on my own.  I've come to the conclusion, with a lot of experience and the help of loved ones, that you have to rule your mind or it will rule you.  To be content with who you are, where you are and what you have takes practice. I've got a good feeling about 2016 and the potential it holds (not just because my birthday this year will be 06/16/16, I promise.)  So in an effort to make this a life-long habit, I choose to be happy.  To remind me should I get lost, here's a few things to get me back on track:
Stop living in the past.
There are two main obstacles that prevent happiness.  The first is dwelling on "what if's," and re-living mistakes.  Remember to let it go and forgive.  Holding on to grudges is a heavy burden.  There is no reason the past should have such power over you.

Don't observe others.
The second obstacle to overcome: jealousy.  It's built on insecurity alone.  Comparing yourself to others is the worst thing you can do to hinder your own happiness.  Have faith in yourself and know that you are enough.  

Stay away from people who make you feel like you are hard to love.
Some people are like clouds--when they leave, the sun shines.  It's important to know who has your best interest at heart and who doesn't.  Attitude is contagious and there is no room for negativity.

Stop looking for happiness in the same place you lost it.
Change is hard but look how far you've come since making those tough decisions.  Sometimes that means doing things people may not understand.  Carve your own path.

Throw kindness around like confetti.
The happiest people are the ones who make others happy.  When someone else's happiness is your happiness, that is love.  What could be better than that?

Quit procrastinating!
Procrastination is the thief of dreams. You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.  There is a lot left to accomplish and the time is now.

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~ Lao Tzu

I hope this was in some way helpful if you've ever found yourself battling with your own mind.  I'm far from being successful on this topic but I think self-improvement is a worthwhile endeavour.  I'm really excited for a brand new year of adventures and experiences that will undoubtedly continue to shape new ideas that I can present creatively with you all.

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