10 Ways To Make Yourself Happier

10 Ways To Make Yourself Happier

Turn your frown upside down by following these helpful tips on how to increase your happiness!

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In a world where we are always trying to live up to expectations and make others happy, we often forget about ourselves. Forgetting to sometimes put your own needs first, and making sure to take time for yourself, can leave you feeling down. Showing yourself some self-love, and learning to respect and honor your own needs is so important, especially at this point in your life. College is stressful and busy, and taking time to focus on what's really important is a great way to make yourself a little happier!

1. Be nice to yourself. 

My mom always tells me I'm my own worst critic, and I've come to find that this is true for a lot of my friends as well. Many of us forget to take time to be proud of our accomplishments and instead focus on the negative. Learning to love yourself for what you can do and what you are doing is so important, so remember to be kind to yourself!

2. Stop comparing yourself to others.

Often times, when I begin comparing myself to other people, I start feeling worse about myself. My day can go from great to terrible in a matter of seconds because I start to doubt my own worth in comparison to others. Learning to love yourself outside of how it compares to other people can help relieve a sense of the burden of never feeling good enough. We are all unique and amazing in our own ways.

3. Spend time outside. 

For almost my whole life, I have hated the outdoors. The humidity, the heat, and not to mention all the bugs, always made me prefer the indoors. However, as I've gotten older, I've come to realize that spending time out in nature and learning to appreciate the beauty and greatness that surrounds us, is truly indescribable. Not to mention that vitamin D really does make you happier and healthier.

4. Learn to say no. 

If you're anything like me, you might easily get persuaded into doing things you don't really want to do. I always feel guilty canceling plans or telling my friends I don't want to do things their way, but there is no need for this! We only have one life to live, and we should spend it doing things we really love and enjoy. Don't be afraid to put yourself first and tell others no from time to time.

5. Stay positive. 

Even though it's cliche, I truly believe that when life gives you lemons, you have to make lemonade. Nothing in life is ever perfect, but if you focus too much on the negatives, you are only hurting yourself. Holding unnecessary grudges, or spending time feeling sorry for yourself is hurting you more than you think. Focus on all the positive aspects of your life, and remember that nothing bad is ever permanent, things can always get better.

6. Find a hobby. 

Finding what you are passionate about is not always as easy as it sounds, but finding a few hobbies that can keep you occupied and make you feel productive and happy, are great steps to learning more about yourself. Hobbies can also help you meet like-minded people, who may inspire you in ways you weren't expecting.

7. Speak up. 

If you are feeling especially down, don't be afraid to tell someone about how you are feeling. Your problems and worries are never a burden, and people close to you will agree. Talking about your feelings can often lift a heavy weight off your shoulders, and can ease the burden you are carrying around. Learning to let go of bad vibes and guilt is so important when it comes to moving forward and focusing on your happiness.

8. Be yourself. 

Learning to be yourself is one of the hardest things, but it's so important. Being comfortable in your own skin, and being confident in who you are will make you feel so much better. Everyone has insecurities, but the only opinion that matters is your own. Live your life for you, and don't be afraid to express yourself for fear of others' judgment.

9. Surround yourself with those who love you. 

In life, it truly doesn't matter how many friends you have, or how popular you are. What really matters is what type of friends and people are in your life. Surrounding yourself with people who lift you up, support you, and encourage you to be the best you, is another great way to cut out negativity and increase your happiness.

10. Do things for yourself.

At the end of the day, the only one who is living your life is you. You have to deal with the ups and downs, so do things for yourself. Don't strive to reach goals if you aren't truly doing it for yourself. Doing things for other people is great, but is important to know the line between only trying to please others for their approval, and doing something because it is what you really want.

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Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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The Power Of Journaling

Slowing down in a fast pace world.

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In a world where everything is moving so fast pace, I have found comfort in taking small moments to reflect on the blurring images around me. I have always loved to journal, but recently I have found a system that works very well for me.

One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

Like I stated previously, I have always loved to journal, but I never found ultimate comfort in it because I would go back and read what I wanted to remove from my mind. This was causing me to reexperience what I didn't want to. I highly suggest having a place in your journal that is essentially a flame for all th4e thoughts you want to rid of.

On the contrary, have a section in your journal where you love to look. I try and fill this section with happy thoughts, quotes, verses, and gratitude. This makes journaling and reading your entries something to look forward to, rather than not.

In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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