35 Ways To Be Happy

35 Ways To Be Happy

Choose happiness.

It isn't easy to stay happy and positive when life gets tough. Here are some ways to keep up the fight for happiness.

1. Being happy is a choice.

2. Do more of what makes you happy.

3. Give compliments.

4. Perform random acts of kindness.

Helping others feels good.

5. Learn to recognize negative thoughts...

6. ...and replace them with positive ones.

7.Cut toxic people out of your life.

Don't associate yourself with negativity.

8. Learn to forgive those who have hurt you.

Embrace the healing power of forgiveness.

9. Let go of the past.

10. Keep your eye on your long-term goals.

11. Focus on your blessings rather than your shortcomings.

Appreciate what you have; don't harp on what you don't.

12. Smile.

It's scientifically proven that smiling, even fake smiling, makes you feel happier. The same goes for frowning; it makes you feel sad. Make the constant effort to put a smile on your face.

13. Laugh as much as possible.

Not only does laughing make you feel good, it burns calories!

14. Happiness is a lifestyle.

Not a mood. Don't just feel happy in temporary moments. Make the choice to be happy every day!

15. Don't let other people get you down.

The only person in charge of your happiness is you.

16. Don't rely on others for your happiness.

17. Rid yourself of hatred.

Whenever you find yourself thinking or saying that you hate something or someone, pause. Revert to positivity.

18. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

You get out of this life what you put into it. Resist the urge to be negative.

19. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

20. Live in the moment.

Don't beat yourself up over the past, or stress yourself out about the future. Live for the here and now.

21. Don't seek out happiness.

The more you chase happiness, the more it will allude you.

22. Create your own happiness.

A happy life is up to you.

23. Don't seek approval from others.

No matter what you do, someone is going to disagree with you. Live your life the way you want to live it. Don't waste time worrying about what others think.

24. Seek self-acceptance.

Learn to accept yourself for who you are.

25. Stop worrying about things you cannot change.

26. Help others.

27. Feel no regrets.

Even if you do harbor regrets, don't let them drag you down.

28. When something upsets you, ask yourself if it will matter five years from now. If the answer is no, let it go.

29. Be kind. It's contagious.

30. Don't lose sight of what is really important in life.

32. See the good in everything.

Don't focus on the negative when there are so many good things in life to be happy about.

33. Make the best of every situation.

34. Change your "why"'s to "why not?"'s.

35. Have faith.

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13 Gross Things Girls Do That Boys Don't Know About

From a girl, about girls.

There's always talk about how gross boys are all the time, it's now time to talk about how gross maybe even how much more disgusting girls can be. It may not even be disgusting, but just weird, but we are girls. What can we say?

1. Gorilla legs.

It's not that we don't want to...okay, that was a lie. Every girl can agree that they only shave during bathing suit season when you're wearing a dress, or when you're gonna get it on. Basically, If she shaves her legs you're special.

2. When did I last wash this bra again?

We wear the same exact bra, for days, and weeks, and who knows for how long.

3. It's not just the bra's, it's the pants too.

We wear jeans and leggings like twenty times before we think about washing them.

4. We don't wash our hair every day.

Because unwashed hair is the best styling hair. Also because looking good takes too much work.

5. We are always picking at our faces, especially pimples.

As soon as we walk by a mirror, its a must. Car mirrors are awesome to pop those suckers and pluck rampant eyebrow hairs. We pop pimples like its our job.

6. We will live in your clothes.

If you somehow let your significant other or friend wear your sweatshirt you're never getting it back... and she's never taking it off. Girls will wear that sh*t until your scent is gone because we love it.

7. We poop.

Believe it or not... it happens to us too. Women don't make it as much as a show as boys do. We hide it from you and will hold it until you're not around. And you've probably received a lot of selfies on the toilet.

8. The dreaded monthly gift.

Probably the most disgusting thing to ever happen to the human body. But everyone knows about menstruating, but most guys don't understand the other things that come along with it, like the cramps that bring period farts and the nasty bowel movements and blood clots.

9. Finding hair from our head in our butt cheeks.

Yeah, it's a thing. Your head hair crawls it's way down there occasionally.

10. We smell ourselves a lot.

We are super conscious about how we smell...especially down there.

11. We let it fly.

We will hold in our farts from you, but as soon as we are alone... that's a different story. You better hope we don't get too comfortable around you too quick.

12. Sometimes we have to improvise.

Sometimes mother nature likes to come when we aren't ready, or prepared with the supplies. There are numerous occasions where we start bleeding and have to create this bundle of toilet paper and just shove it down there.

13. Looking at our panties and trying to figure out what came out.

Sometimes you just don't know for sure.

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Being Unapologetically Me Freed Myself From The Words 'I'm Sorry'

I don't have to be sorry and insecure for being who I am.

By nature, many of us are constantly saying and thinking "I'm sorry" for things we say and do throughout our daily lives. Many of us are living behind a wall of insecurities and apologetic living as an identity that doesn't represent us for who we really are because we're insecure with ourselves. "Unapologetic living" is powerful and freeing and so many of us are imprisoned to our insecurities and the words "I'm sorry."

Personally, I used to find myself constantly unsure and insecure of the things I'm doing and saying, chronically worrisome about what others were thinking of who I was. This created many problems within my own mind and within my relationships with friends and new people all the time. Recently, I was approached by someone who is supposed to be an "authority" figure in my life and I was told it wasn't their problem we had a problem, it was mine.

This "problem" they were talking about has bothered me relentlessly for almost a year and I had let it because I was so extremely worried about what this person thought of me, what I did and said, and how they perceived me compared to my other friends. I constantly was sorry, whether externally or internally, for how I acted and what I said because of my insecurity in who I was.

This person even approached my friends and told them "It's not my fault she's insecure" and they would be right, it isn't their fault I'm insecure in myself. But, my insecurities can't take all the blame for how I was treated by this person. And I think that is the most important thing I learned from this confrontation and year of struggling.

I don't have to be sorry and insecure for being who I am.

And even more so, I can't change how someone treats me but just because someone doesn't treat me the same as someone else doesn't mean my worth decreases or that I am inferior to that other person. I struggle with insecurity, a lot. But, hearing this person talk about my insecurities with myself in a way in which they acted like they understood really irked me and made me realize my insecurities are not and never again will be someone's power against me.

From that conversation on, I made it a point to not let my insecurities and apologies for being who I am be a major influencer in my life and my relationships with people. I found that living in constant fear and a space of inferiority of other people and their perceptions of me created an insane amount of stress on myself that was so unnecessary.

I challenge everyone, if any of this sounds familiar in any way, to free yourself from these insecurities and apologetic living and identity we live behind. Start living unapologetically and love every bit of yourself, become who you've always wanted to be and don't apologize once for it.

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