10 Small Things You Can Do This Week To Feel A Little Happier

10 Small Things You Can Do This Week To Feel A Little Happier

Start small and see big changes.

1. Wake up and take time to stretch, think about the day ahead and remind yourself of your strengths.

Too often we rush into the day ahead, consumed by all the tasks that we want to achieve. Taking a brief moment of mindfulness can help you de-stress and put into perspective the temporary nature of certain sources of anxiety or pain.

2. Compliment someone.

Don’t just compliment someone for the sake of it, though. Be sure that you are giving a meaningful compliment without the desire for anything in return. If you see someone who appears to be especially stressed out or upset, consider what compliment might be most meaningful and mood-boosting for them.

3. Spend some time outside.

While the temperature is starting to drop, you still have some time before the snow comes our way. Reminding oneself of the beauty in nature and the simple pleasure which can be derived from spending a peaceful moment beside a tree listening to the sounds of the night or on a bench, watching the clouds overhead is a great way to reduce stress.

4. Laugh like nobody's listening.

I snort when I truly am laughing and if I am truly caught up in the deepest amusement of a moment. It took time for me to not feel self-conscious in my laugh, but I am so glad that I have come to embrace it. I hope that you can laugh without worry as loud as you want because it truly is therapeutic.

5. Listen to your favorite song(s) when you start to feel down.

Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed or sad about something, I try to redirect myself and cope in positive ways. In the past, I was an emotional eater and found comfort in food, which is unhealthy. Now, I look to prayer, exercise and music. I believe that everyone has at least one song that immediately lifts their spirits. I have a playlist of songs that make me happy and I keep it ready at all times for when I need it.

6. Smile and say hello to people around campus.

I wish that more people would smile at strangers here and I wish that more people would reciprocate the smiles that I give them on our campus so that I don’t feel like a total creep. There is a rare population of strangers that are willing to smile back, and most of them are the adults that I smile at. The act of smiling is actually scientifically proven to make you happier. If you don’t want to do it for me, do it for yourself.

7. Call your parent(s) or guardian.

Make sure that you spend some time actually talking to your loved one. It can become easy to fall into the habit of texting our family members back and forth between our busy schedule of classes, clubs and homework. However, being able to hear the voice of your family member and spending the time conversing with them is a gift that should not be taken for granted.

8. Treat yourself to your favorite coffee or tea and take a walk.

Spend some time by yourself and enjoy a solitary walk. You can use the time to reflect on your week, think about creative pursuits or just enjoy the act of walking without a destination.

9. Do something that is outside of your comfort zone.

I promise you that the greatest growth that we can make comes from being outside of our comfort zone. Try to put yourself in that place when you can and take calculated risks in order to become a more well-rounded and developed individual. It is OK to fail because if you leave the challenge having learned anything at all, you have grown.

10. Take a moment to forgive.

Let go of any burdens on your heart that you have carried with you this week, semester or year. Take a step into healing and realize that to carry resentment or hate toward any person is to poison your own spirit.

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

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What it means to me


Due to a series of ongoing events throughout my semester, I've reconsidered what it means for someone to truly be ugly. Though it is often used in terms of appearance, I do not see it as such-- now more than ever. Ugliness runs deeper than appearance-- it runs within one's soul and festers into other areas of one's life, particularly in their treatment of others.

I view ugliness as someone's conscious capacity and implementation of malice. Taking time and energy out of your day to hurt someone else, that's what I view as ugly. Some offenses are more minor than others, however, it is still a conscious effort to hurt or affect someone else negatively-- and that's the source of the problem. I truly wonder what causes that sort of behavior in someone, as I, along with most people, simply do not invest time or energy into hating or plotting against others. It seems like a full-time job.

I can theorize all sorts of reasons as to why someone would act this way: hate, jealousy, vengeance, etc. Yet, all of these reasons don't hit the root reason. It almost seems that some people are just innately ugly in their soul. This alludes to the timeless debate of whether one's personality is due to nature or nurture. Again, although our surroundings and environment do have a large effect in our behavior, that alibi only goes so far when multiple people are placed in the same environment, in the same situation, and only some are willing to cross moral boundaries in order to hurt the others. Just because an environment applies pressure to people, does not mean everyone is going to act out in malice, and it certainly does not give everyone an excuse to do so. Some people are simply conniving and, well, ugly inside.

If you have ever encountered people like this, I know from personal experience that it is such a drag. You have an enemy, essentially, whether you chose to or not, however based on their hatred towards you, they are now considered an enemy, a hater, and any other associated term. Know that they will do anything in their power to bring you down, even if it requires bending the truth and creating elaborate schemes, but you have to keep on doing you. Let them obsess over ways to bring you down. At the end of the day, their time and energy is being invested into bringing you down, while yours is being used to build yourself up. They will fall by default. So, keep your head high, act in grace, and make your money. They can sip on their Haterade and watch from below.

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