I believe in the circle of happiness. What good you put into the world over time navigates back to you. It’s like a cycle that continually feeds itself. As a happy person, you offer positivity to others. Others will appreciate your positivity and engage with you more readily. In turn, these interactions with others can fuel your happiness. Just like that, the cycle continues.
But what about when it’s hard to be happy? It’s a state of mind that’s much easier said than done. We may be stressed over projects, deadlines or relationships. It can be difficult to overlook our current challenges and find the so-called silver lining. I struggle with it daily, but I continue to work towards positivity. With self reflection, it’s possible to find a little bit of happiness that may help an outlook on life.
-First, spend time on yourself. It may sound selfish, but everyone deserves their downtime. The more rest, the better your attitude. Even if it’s a 20 minute walk, or reading a few chapters of a book, take some time and relax. Downtime is important for a healthy state of mind.
-Find your guilty pleasures. By guilty, I mean ones you don’t regularly indulge in. You feel guilty for doing them when you have other pressing things to do. Maybe you like writing sketch comedy or knitting sweaters. If you like it, then do it!Do what you enjoy and don’t worry about the consequences. Have side projects that help keep your positivity going.
-Re-evaluate your relationships. Are you in an unhealthy friendship? Does person X constantly tear down your ambitions or goals? Maybe it’s time for a change. Friends should be there to support and inspire. Your relationship circle has a huge impact on the way you see the world.
We live in a world of how-to articles and Buzzfeed lists. Numbered lists may not always help, but they can at least share important ideas. Happiness is not an easily obtained goal. However, it helps to work towards being content. In the end, it’s the little things that really matter.