How To Achieve Happiness In 2017

How To Achieve Happiness In 2017

Happiness can be achieved this year if you let go of these 10 things

The biggest New Year’s resolution for most people is to find happiness, but the problem is sometimes how to achieve it. Below you will find a list of 10 things to let go of and hopefully get closer to happiness and even having 2017 become your best year (cause we all know 2016 was pretty bad).

1. Let go of toxic people in your life

We sometimes have a tendency of keeping toxic people in our lives because maybe that are the only people we have ever known. Letting go of people that you've known for years can sometimes be challenging, but if they just bring negative vibes and energy, you need to let them go. Have people in your life that bring good vibes and positive energy.

2. Let go of regretting past mistakes

You might regret pulling that all nighter before your exam, or skipping class for something irrelevant, but if you constantly regret something and not do anything about it, nothing changes. Learning from our mistakes is what makes us succeed. As popular rapper (and arguably the greatest of all time) J. Cole once said, “Every loser gotta win and every winner gotta lose someday."

3. Let go of the need to be right

If you know you are right in a situation with friends, family or whatever the case may be, never feel the need to shove it in their face because this makes you arrogant in the long run and deprives you from becoming a happy person.

4. Let go of feeling sorry for yourself

You might be going through depression or anxiety or something else that is very common among people, but always feeling bad for yourself and trying to make others feel bad for you doesn’t help you at all. Try and embrace whatever you are going through and instead of seeking for pity, seek for help.

5. Let go of negative self-talk

Waking up and telling yourself “I'm ugly” and “I'm not good enough” will make you feel like that the whole day, even if it is not necessarily true. Telling yourself “I’m beautiful” and “I got this” and also hearing other people say it is sure to make your day better.

6. Let go of the need to impress others

At the end of the day, you are here for your own life and impressing others doesn't do you any good if you are not the one who is impressed. Impress yourself first, and what others think won't matter anymore.

7. Let go of limiting beliefs

Telling yourself “I can't do it” sets a negative goal in your head and that goal sometimes affects the outcome of your situation. For example, if you go to the gym and you tell yourself “I can't run a mile,” you limit the outcome of your running before you even begin. Instead of telling yourself negative thoughts, try and have more positive self-talk like, “I can do it” and “I can do better than that."

8. Let go of the need to please everyone

This is similar to number six, and is very important when you want to find happiness, because the main reason people are happy is because they are pleased with their life and decisions. If you are pleasing others and following their direction you will make THEM happy instead of YOU.

9. Let go of gossip and complaining

We sometimes don't have things to talk about and we start talking about other people. LET GO OF THAT. In life, you need to always be talking about the future and the next step in order to achieve your dreams. Set goals and always have plans on how you will achieve them. You don't need to bring others down in the process.

10. Let go of worrying about the future

The most important thing right now is the present. What you do today affects tomorrow. Instead of telling yourself things like, “I don't know what I wanna do” or “I'm going to fail,” focus on things that you can do right now that will prevent a negative future. Go out and explore life and the future will be set if you know what you are most passionate about.

These are just a few of the things that will change your life for the better if you let them go.

By the time you are reading this, it will be 2017, so use the new year to start a-fresh to the road to happiness. I hope everyone had a happy and healthy New Year!

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And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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A wake-up call.


"How they make you feel says a lot about them, and nothing about you.

Trust me when I say, someone who makes you question if you are worthy of being loved is not worthy of being loved by you."

- Bianca Sparacino

I saw the above quote in an Instagram post, and it really spoke volumes to me.

The importance of "knowing your worth" is something I always stress to people, but I've often found that I wasn't quite heeding my own advice. It often took a wake-up call for me to realize that. And that wake-up call would often lead to guilt. It would lead to staying up at an ungodly hour thinking things over, and about what I could have done differently. It would lead to constantly asking myself how I allowed things to continue the way I had. It would lead to self-blame, and I'd often start asking myself why I wasn't worth it.

But I am worth it.

And so are you.

And if that isn't being recognized, then it's time to pack up. Because you deserve better - whether that's increased effort, improved communication, whatever else you may (and damn well should) expect. And asking for any of that is not asking too much.

But this article isn't only about knowing your worth. It's about "knowing" in general. It's about anything in your life that needs to be figured out. There are going to be times in your life that you're stuck between two (or more) options, and you don't know which is the best one. Sometimes, weighing out the pros and the cons just doesn't cut it.

So, you may not know which way to go right now. And that's okay. You're not going to be 100% certain on everything right away. The important things take time. It's all in how you act once you figure things out for yourself. This goes for "knowing" anything. Knowing whether or not something should be pursued. Knowing when it's best to walk away. You name it.

But in figuring it out, don't make excuses for yourself and/or others. You don't know how anyone other than yourself is going to act/react in any scenario - nor will you ever. Assuming that you know everything about anyone/everyone involved is unfair and just overall wrong. So definitely keep that in mind before/while thinking out any potential outcomes.

If you're trying to reach a decision, do NOT simply choose the easy way out. How many times have you heard something along the lines of "the right choice isn't always the easy one?" News flash - it's not just a cheesy mantra. Almost nothing that's truly worth it is easy. If "I don't know" is looking to be a "no," that's okay. That's just how it is sometimes. But if that decision is being made purely because going the "yes" route would be more difficult, reevaluate.

And when you DO finally figure things out:

If you "know," do not proceed to act as if you don't. Don't let others continue to believe that you haven't reached a decision, especially those who are relevant to whatever you just figured out. And if you're asked about it, don't lie and say that you're still unsure. That could potentially be damaging to everyone involved, including yourself. Dishonesty is outright disrespectful, and it's unfair to you and those you are dishonest to. Think: how much do you really care if you're willing to lie? Did you ever really care at all?

When you figure out whatever you've been thinking over, be honest with yourself and all who are involved. Even if it's bad news. Yes, it will suck at first - but the truth always comes out one way or another, so it's best to acknowledge it early on. Especially if it's not an issue pertaining only to you. Dragging things out is the worst thing you could possibly do. You may be choosing to do so because you're worried about how the truth will impact him/her/them... well, I can guarantee you, based off personal experience, that every day you put it off will make your truth hurt a hundred times more. Please, give those who are involved in your particular situation the decency of honesty.

I don't know about you, but I hate uncertainty more than almost anything. It's scary, and often very frustrating. I avoid uncertainty at almost all costs, simply because I hate it so much. But I've put myself in situations of uncertainty if I truly saw potential. Has that come back to bite me in the ass? At times, absolutely. But each time, I learn a little more about myself. And I guess that's the point.

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