Exclusive – Let’s Stay Happy

Exclusive – Let’s Stay Happy
08 Mar

By Aisha Tariq & A.B

We all have our own ways of interpreting happiness. For some, it is giving and sacrificing for others, and for some it is taking. Most of us have a certain mindset as to what happiness means to us. For example, many people enjoy shopping, eating out, etc. This is materialistic happiness. True happiness lies in caring for others and in turn, having others care for you. You may have noticed that when you want something and you get it, that particular thing loses its charm. So instead of buying things, we should try and help others out. A single good deed will leave you with a longer lasting sense of satisfaction than when you buy a pair of shoes or a bag. James Van Der Zee says: “Happiness is perfume, you can’t pour it on somebody else without getting a few drops on yourself.” No one can be a bag of sunshine and rainbows 24/7, but staying as positive as you can, improves your health and gives off positive vibes. One can stay happy by engaging herself or himself in productive activities, such as writing, reading, athletics, etc. As teenagers and young adults, many of us have extreme mood swings, which affect us, and those around us. It is true that no one else completely understands what you are going through and sometimes everything feels too unbearable, but it has been proven that it is important to vent out these emotions and not keep them in. Cycling, skateboarding, skating, etc. are sports that engage your concentration and help in keeping your mind off other things.

Looking at the world with a broader perspective can also help. Find meaning in small things, for example, appreciate all aspects of life; Nature, the people around you, and also yourself. Some people are of the opinion that looking after your own needs and happiness means that you are selfish. But that is not necessarily true! We all need some kind of distraction in our lives from the everlasting boredom we mostly experience. What I mean to say is, learn more about yourself. Think about your positive and negative habits and try to be as good as you can be. Everyone feels frustrated at life at some point, but in order to get over this frustration, you need to know yourself. You need to understand what calms you down and also what makes you angry so that you can avoid that situation. For me, music is the best solution. What I have realized is that there is a lot of diversity in music and there is always a certain type of rhythm that will suit your mood at different times.LSH (5)

However, music can also shift your mood in a matter of seconds! If you’re happy, don’t listen to sad music. If you’re sad, then listen to an upbeat song. Rock helps you get excited, and pop is for enjoyment. Therefore, music will always be there for you. The same goes for books. There are many different kinds of books out there but be warned, romance may make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but it gives you extremely unrealistic ideas about love and life. Always try to read something different. Reading takes you into a different universe, and makes you feel happy and content. Adopt different hobbies that you look forward to. Make new friends, and enjoy the good times. Live in the moment and stop stressing out about the future. Life is all about going with the flow, because at the end of the day, no matter how much you plan yourself, life always comes up with something to surprise you, so it’s time you started surprising life and in moments when you feel you can’t go on, just think about all the wonderful things around you, and that so many people out there are fighting for this blessing. So, live, laugh, love and cherish the moments because they will never come again, and tell yourself this: “I am in charge of how I feel, and today, I am choosing happiness.”

Ways To Stay Happy

  • Gratitude is a sign of appreciation and you ought to show appreciation for life. Always wake up every morning in acknowledgement that someone died the previous night but you didn’t, someone did not wake up but you did.
  • Get enough sleep, it has the ability to optimize mental and physical energy, and optimal levels of sleep (about 8 hours a night) are linked with reduced risk of chronic disease and improved longevity.health club
  • Unhappiness can result from stressing our bodies and minds. Scientists believe that 20 minutes of exercise can make you happy regardless of how sad you may be. Exercise raises your heart rate and triggers a surge of hormonal changes. As your heart begins to pound, certain hormones are released which create a sense of total well being and you begin to feel well again, the mind stress is gone and everything is under control.
  • Get plenty of sunlight in the summer. Sunlight, and the vitamin D this can make in the skin, is associated with a wide spectrum of benefits for the body including a reduced risk of several forms of cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis, as well as improved immune function.
  • Make somebody else happy, each day. When you sow happiness, you reap happiness. Mother Teresa knew this secret so well; she devoted her life to helping others even if it simply meant putting a smile on someone’s face.
  • Random acts of kindness are good for givers and receivers alike. It could be a quick call or text to someone you care about or have lost touch with.
  • Change is inevitable and no situation is permanent. Whenever you are feeling sad or depressed, always remember that it’s temporary and that tomorrow will be better, tough times don’t last but tough people do. Develop a positive attitude, be optimistic.
  • Compassion is all about doing something kind for someone in need, or someone less privileged than you. Think of effective ways that you can make your community or the world a better place by being sympathetic.
  • Smile always, even when you are feeling blue. When the body acts, emotions follow. A smile costs nothing but it creates much, it enriches those who receive it without impoverishing those who give. Learn to smile at all times, it won’t only make you happy, it will also win you happy friends.
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