36 Things That'll Just Make You Happy Since A Lot Of This World Sucks Right Now

36 Things That'll Just Make You Happy Since A Lot Of This World Sucks Right Now

Find those things that make your heart happy.
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There is so much going on in this world and a lot of it is bad and very overwhelming. There are a lot of big things that can make us angry, sad, upset, or disappointed. There is hope. There are so many small things in this world that can make us happy. I try to find happiness in the small things everywhere I go. It is so easy to get caught up in the bad things in the world that we forget to cherish the little things in life. Here is a list of some of the small things that make my heart happy.

1. Seeing a dog stick its head out the window in a car.

2. Flower gardens, flower arrangements, floral shops, carts in cities with flowers.

3. Watching couples sit on park benches and just enjoy each other's companies.

4. Dogs in general. I am the girl to see a dog and stop walking and stop talking mid-sentence to let everyone know there is a dog nearby.

5. Watching bees fly from flower to flower.

6. Groups of friends walking together and laughing.

7. Teens reading books in public.

8. Watching birds fly across the sky.

9. Sunsets.

10. Sunrises.

11. Sunsets on the beach.

12. Sunrises on the beach.

13. The beach.

14. Taking walks on the beach.

15. Sitting on the beach at night in sweats.

16. Getting into a show on Netflix and watching the whole thing in a short amount of time.

17. Crossing things off a to-do list.

18. Cleaning your room.

19. Watching older couples have date nights.

20. Watching parents go on date nights and have a good time without worrying about their kids.

21. Going for a drive.

22. Taking a road trip and seeing how many license plates you see from different states.

23. Traveling.

24. People watching in public places.

25. Low-key dates to places like Target.

26. Nights where it's just pizza and a movie.

27. When your dog gets excited to see you after a day of work.

28. Meeting up with old friends.

29. Seeing people you know on the street and stopping to have a quick conversation with them.

30. Walking around a college campus and seeing people laugh and have fun either out on the general grass area or in the student centers.

31. Going to a concert and having the whole audience sing along with the artist.

32. Finding things in common with people.

33. Saying things at the same time as your friends.

34. Getting your favorite drink every day.

35. Getting an unexpected package.

36. Catching up with your relatives.

It is so good to always look for the little things in life and cherish those. Whenever you are feeling down, stressed, anxious, angry at the world, sad at what's going on in the news or whatever you are feeling, go on a walk or a drive and find little things to cherish. These don't have to be objects, they can be feelings as well. I hope everyone is able to find good feelings in the small things.

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1. You eat something you hate just to see if you still hate it

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2. When trying to explain what you actually like to eat, people give you major side eye

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3. Eating at someone else’s house when you were younger was a pain

You hate to tell their parents just how much you hate the food that they gave you. So, you sucked it up and ate it anyway only to come home and whine to your parents.

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The Saying 'Traveling Changes Your Perspective' Isn't Just A Cliché

Experiencing the aura of another country doesn't compare to anything else.

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If I had a dollar for every time someone said "Traveling changed me," well...you get the idea. I'd be rich.

We always hear this, and if you're anything like me, the statement probably just blows over your head because you've heard it so many times, or you think everyone is overexaggerating. However, I came to realize that it's something you simply don't understand until you experience it yourself.

Over this past winter break, I traveled overseas to Barcelona, my first time in Europe. Of course, you prepare for how "different" things are going to be in terms of basic travel planning like currency, weather. Those sorts of things. You get lost in travel planning: booking tours, making reservations at the best restaurant spots, but what you don't realize is how amazing it is to simply get to experience and get lost in the general mood of a new place.

Getting to experience life outside of the U.S. and seeing what other parts of the world value is incredible.

While unfortunately, there's some level of poverty and inequality no matter where you go, the way many of the locals presented their outlook on life was amazing.

We went to a small bar on one of the first nights, and ended up going back two more nights (once on our last night because we had to say goodbye) because we had great conversations with the bartenders. They told us how throughout many parts of Spain, there are people who aren't as well off as others, but that everyone lives with what they have, and they make the most of it and always put happiness above all. They said part of this ability for the general population in their country to remain stable and happy, is that people who are very wealthy rarely show it.

They acknowledged that of course, there is inequality in terms of what opportunities are available to what groups of people, but that those who do live very comfortably always stay humble. They told us how, sometimes, they can tell based on how customers present themselves in terms of how they respond to the workers and carry themselves, that they're from North America and carry more materialistic items.

In many parts of Spain, they said materialistic items aren't necessarily as valued or prioritized, which also explains the happy essence that Barcelona seemed to radiate: Strangers would say hello to each other the streets, stop to give each other directions, or just to spark up a friendly conversation; something I never see in Chicago. Instead, everyone is on the go, with their heads down or headphones in.

Family comes first always, they said. Sure, jobs and money are taken seriously, but they're not always the number one priority, and neither is having expensive things. If you have a roof over your head, food on the table, and are lucky enough to spend time with your loved ones every day, then that is something they celebrate every day.

It was eye-opening to see how much the constant "on the go" lifestyle in America compared to many of the people we encountered in Spain, and how that's reflected in the cultural values of the U.S.

Seeing small businesses close every day for a few hours for people to home for their "siestas" and family time was amazing and was a true representation of everything that the wonderful bartenders explained to us.

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