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5 Ways to Choose Happiness

Regardless of your age, wisdom comes from experiences and moments that challenge you to question everything around you and luckily I’ve had an abundance of those. Sometimes our goals seem so far out of reach, our bucket lists are overflowing and it might feel like a tight ceiling is boxing us in. Well there’s no magic button to make our lives better, and you have to consciously choose happiness on a daily basis and never stop trying to make improvements.

Be Yourself.

Your journey is unlike anyone else’s and there is no one is like you. Accept your flaws, appreciate your strengths and don’t change for anyone. It’s important to learn from our mistakes and make use of constructive criticism. With that said, there shouldn’t be pressure to fit into a box that society created for us. Once you love yourself, everything will start falling into place.

Do What You Love.

Whether it’s a dream job you haven’t pursued yet or a hobby you don’t have enough time for, do things that bring you joy. When you have something to look forward to, you’ll get to appreciate each day as a blessing and opportunity. You might say you’ll get to it eventually, but there’s no time like the present. It’s up to you to make it happen, so throw caution to the wind and make a move.

Stop Procrastinating.

We all do it. We’re juggling so many responsibilities and wondering where the time has gone. We keep waiting for the perfect time to go bungee jumping or to take that camping trip we’ve discussed since we were in high school. The tides are changing and it’s time to sail. Responsibilities will get bigger and deadlines will come closer, so don’t take this moment for granted because once it’s gone you won’t get it back.

Travel Often.

Take every opportunity to visit new places. Traveling and learning about new cultures enriches the soul and broadens the mind. Breaking our routine is necessary to keep us energized and motivated, and there’s no better way to do that than by packing a bag and jetting off to somewhere we’ve never seen before. A new adventure has the potential to alter our perspective and leave us with a positive outlook on life.

Surround Yourself With Love.

Quickly after your college years you learn the true meaning of everlasting friendships, and that handful that stuck by through everything become more like family. There’s nothing as important as nurturing the relationships in your life. Call your friend who lives far away and catch up, visit your parents whenever you get the chance and by all means don’t cancel on an event because you’re just not in the mood. Fill your life with loving relationships and show your loved ones how much you care, you’ll both be better for it.

5 ways to choose happiness

Photography by: Natelee Cocks.


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