These little things do so much to improve my mood.

A Definitive List Of All The Little Things That Make Me Happy

Don't overlook the small things in life that affect your moods.

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Sometimes, the world moves around us so fast that we don't stop to think about whether or not we are really happy in our lives. I have come to appreciate little daily things in my life that make me happy, and I thought that I'd share them with you, so that maybe you can stop and take a little bit of time to find your happy corner too.

1. Listening to Music

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I can't get through a day without listening to some form of music. Whether this is a concert or a consumption platform such as Spotify, I make it a point to spend some time listening to music every day. This is definitely the number one effective thing of keeping me in a happy mood.

2. Going to Concerts

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This one goes along with listening to music. There is nothing like the feeling of pure adrenaline and goosebumps that I feel in the middle of a crowd at a concert. I live for this feeling, and I think this is when I am truly in my happiest element.

3. Reading a book

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We tend to get lost in the actions of moving through every day, and never stop to take a break and dream. I love reading fiction as much as I love writing it. Since my mom forced me to read every day in third grade, it would be rare for me to move through an entire day without picking up a book. I love getting lost in a magical world, and not thinking about the daily stresses of life, even just for little snippets at a time. Often, reading is the last thing I do before I go to sleep at night.

4. Looking at the rain

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I love the mornings that I wake up to the rain and can just lay in my cozy bed listening to it for a little bit. There is something so peaceful that the rain offers, and it puts me in a relaxed state of mind for the day.

5. Going on walks

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I am lucky that I live in a place with access to bodies of water. The water is my happy place, and I often go for walks or jogs on trails near my house that are alongside water. Of course, I plug in and listen to music during the escapes, and the combination of the fresh air with my favourite playlist makes for a great mood.

6. Coffee

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This may be the most basic thing on my list, but again it's a list of simple things that make me happy. Whether it's brewing myself a cup of coffee, or grabbing a cup at a local coffee shop, the days (most days) that I have a cup of coffee put me in such a good mood. I think it's the smell of the coffee and the experience that make me happy more than the actual coffee, but either way I look forward to having coffee in my daily routine.

7. Singing in the car

If I'm having a bad day, I make sure to sing extra loud in the car when I'm going somewhere. I love this feeling, when I'm releasing all of the pent-up stress built up from whatever caused it during the day. It's also just another excuse for me to listen to music, and dance in the car. My favourite moments are pulling up to a red light, and the person in the car next to you makes an absurd face at you for singing and dancing- because they know they do it too.

8. Spending time with friends and loved ones

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I feel like I would get into so much trouble if I didn't include this one. But it is true; for as much as I love spending time alone in my own little world, being with friends and my favourite people makes me happy, and is an instant mood cure, especially because I don't want to be in a bad mood around them- no one wants to hang out with a Debby-downer.

9. Food

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This one is either absurd, or the most relatable one, but good food always puts me in a better mood. Especially being a vegan, I must be creative with what I eat, and it's fun for me to plan meals or try new things when eating out.

10. Looking at constellations in the sky

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My mom and I are obsessed with this app called Star Chart. Every time we are outside, and the stars are out, we instantly whip out this app on our phones, and look at the different constellations that are scattered across the sky. We get excited by seeing planets, and when we can recognize them without using the app.

11. YouTube & Instagram

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I decided to combine these two into one- but I love scrolling through my social media feeds and seeing everyone else having a great time in life. This one is controversial, since you don't always know when someone's happiness online is being faked, but genuine posts- at least the ones from my friends- I am pretty good at spotting, and I love seeing what everyone else does to make them happy. Also, who doesn't love a good aesthetic feed though?

12. Being at Home

There is no space I love more than my room and being at home. It's just the best feeling in the world to live and be present somewhere that brings you peace and security. So even though I love travelling and I enjoyed the years I lived away from home and my parents, it's the best feeling after a night out to have people at home waiting for you to make sure you are safe- and of course, if you work late, when there are leftovers in the fridge. I'll always be grateful for this feeling of happiness I get when I'm home.

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These Are 4 Proven Ways That Vaccines Cause Autism

Stock up on those essential oils.

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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.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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Why I Bought Myself A Promise Ring

This ring is a reminder of everything you have promised yourself.

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When you hear the term "promise ring," your first thought is "a couple making a commitment." Which is correct, although the meaning of a promise ring is a couple making a promise to each other.

Promising that they'll do certain things for their loved one. And the most important is promising that they are in this for the long run and one day down the road they intend to get married.

I, personally don't have anything against promise rings, in fact, I think it's a beautiful and meaningful thing between two people who love each other. Although, I have seen people give their significant other a promise ring and make promises that they don't keep.

Yeah, sometimes things don't work out, which is a different story but, other times people don't like to keep their word.

Now, I have never been in a serious relationship enough to receive a promise ring. So, last year on Valentine's Day, I thought I'd be cheesy and buy myself a promise ring. Why?

Before I give you the backstory to what led me to buy myself a promise ring, in my opinion, buying it has been the best decision I have ever made.

I feel that the meaning of buying this ring for myself is so much more powerful and has a lot of meaning than someone else giving it to you. Of course, I'm not saying that your significant other didn't mean it, but if you are like me and have struggled with self-love. This ring is a reminder of everything you have promised yourself.

Here's my story:

Over the past few years, I've been struggling with learning how to love and accept my flaws. It all started when I failed my hearing test in elementary school, I was 8 years old when I first found out I needed hearing aids. I needed a teacher of the deaf and hearing aids. My first hearing aids had a wire that was visible, it looked like I had headphones in all the time. At first, I didn't care, I thought it was awesome because I was finally able to hear everything that was going on around me. Although, that happiness that I thought I felt, didn't last long once I started to get bullied.

I hated that I was different from everyone else, I wanted to be like everyone else, I wanted to be "normal." In my own way, I felt ugly as a person because not only did I have hearing aids but as I got older, I needed other "fixes" such as glasses and braces. It wasn't an easy feeling and looking different from everyone in my school. It was was harder when everyone would make you feel bad for being different.

Little did I know that having a hearing disability was the most unique and beautiful thing about me.

The older I got and the harder it was for me to hear without my hearing aids, I knew that this was something that I was going to have for the rest of my life. I told myself, I needed to use my hearing aids no matter how much I hated them because at the end of the day, hearing what's going on is what's going to help me.

Slowly I started to gain a bit of confidence in myself and about of my hearing disability.

But, that didn't solve anything, I still felt ugly about myself as a person.

I felt even more ugly and disgusting when I was sexually assaulted about two years ago. From the moment it happened I never thought that I was a victim of sexual assault until I told my best friend about it.

I kept telling myself, "you could have stopped it," "it's all your fault," "you deserved what happened" I was so scared to say anything to anyone because I didn't want any trouble. Instead of talking to someone about it, I was fighting and blaming myself that it was my fault. Even though deep down I knew it wasn't my fault at all. And I sure didn't deserve it, nobody does!

I let all my negative thoughts about that event get the best of me. I couldn't focus in class, there were days where I just didn't want to get up and go to class. I would distance myself from my friends and just lock myself in the room.

I knew I couldn't continue to put a wall up between me and everyone else. So, I decided to get up and talk about it with my counselor.

It was the best and right thing to do for myself.

It was the best not because I was being forced to talk about that experience but, because I was able to tell my counselor what I wanted to gain after my sessions. I wanted to be able to wake up one day and not think about that moment. To finally accept it. Yes, it was an awful experience but, maybe I can learn from it. Maybe I could help others who have been in the same shoes as I was. That's what I wanted to gain after my sessions.

Slowly with the help of my friends, and my counselor I started to get back up on my feet and becoming myself again.

I was going to my classes, seeing my friends again and doing things I would normally do. I even started to get into fitness, going to the gym 4 days a week. I saw how much I was improving and how happy I was becoming again. I knew I needed to do something to reward myself but, I didn't know what.

I started thinking about what could I do. One day I stayed up late writing all the things I want to do, achieve and all the things I want to improve on.

That's when I knew I was going to buy myself a promise ring.

Every time I see this ring on my finger, I remind myself of all the promises I made. Promises such as, I need to remind myself every single day I am beautiful even when I don't feel it. That there will be some days where bad things will happen but, there is always something good in every single day. I need to look at the bright side, instead of focusing on all the negative.

Promise rings don't always have to be given by your significant other. If you want to get yourself one, go for it! Remind yourself what you're worth. Remind yourself all the things you want to accomplish with a small gesture.

That you are beautiful in your own way and it's okay to be different. Being different is beautiful and that's what makes you who you are.

My disability is different but, it's what makes me Yenery and I am proud of it despite that I may have to do things differently from everyone else.

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