Happiness is important, in my opinion it is one of the most important aspect of life. I know today many people can struggle with this and I wish they didn't have to. Seeing people smile gives makes me happy and it certainly helps make life a little easier. I have been able to notice a difference in my everyday lifestyle after making some changes. I am not here to tell you exactly how to always be happy, or that you have to always be happy, but I have a few tips and tricks which helped me and I hope help you.
My advice for those thinking about making a change because they are not happy or would just like to is DO IT! I was so unsure about making changes because change can be hard, it is different and I kept thinking "What if I don't like it?", "What if it isn't as good", "What if people there don't like me", "What if...", "What if..." and I was thinking quite negatively. My mum reminded me "The biggest risk is not taking the risk at all." and that it couldn't get much worse than it is so I might as well give it a go.
Your mindset affects everything, If you are thinking the experience will be negative it most likely will be, I know sometimes it can be hard sometimes to switch to positive thinking about some things but it helps. Often if you have to do things eg. school, work, etc. then you might as well find a way to do it positively, for me it was moving because the place I was at wasn't where I wanted to be and wasn't offering the opportunities and classes I needed for my future and my development. Remember happiness is the most important part of life, if you aren't happy where you are you make a move, you aren't a tree. You don't need to wait for someone else to move you or take the first step. I encourage you to make the step.
At the moment I have just made a few changes, they have really paid off and made a huge difference on my perspective, mindset and confidence. A few changes I made include starting a new school because I was completely miserable at my old one and taking part in a course called Miss ART, or ART your life with Catie Kirke. This program was absolutely amazing and is coming to Melbourne.
The Miss Art Program is amazing and there are variations of the course, which include some for guys too. It covers a variety of topics such as self confidence, becoming who you want to be, understanding feelings and much more. We even had a hair and make up day too.
If you are interested head to the ART Your Life website HERE!
Here are 15 ways I cheer myself up when I am feeling down and you could try:
1. Focus on what you are grateful for, this could be family, friends, a pet, an experience, my home, that I have a bog with readers/followers, etc. I love visiting this place, so looking at a picture makes me smile :)
2. Make or think about a goal, short or long term.
3. I enjoy makeup, so experimenting with some new styles or learning a new technique is good.
4. Get dressed up in your fanciest clothes and feel fabulous!
5. Smile at your self in the mirror, don't stop until the smile becomes real.
6. Do some exercise! 5 star jumps, push-ups, squats; get those endorphin's pumping!
7. Start a hobby, try something new or continue with something you enjoy.
8. Bake or cook, try a healthier options. Chocolate is good sometimes but fresh, fruity or healthy foods make your body feel better.
9. Stick to a new years resolution or start a new one.
10. Clean your room or house.
11. Get outside, plant some plants, go for a swim or run through some sprinklers.
12. Call a friend, have a chat to someone, talk about whats bothering you or not. Sometimes just general conversations can help.
13. Go out, walk around town or the city. have lunch out or something. Try not to stay cooped up by yourself; surround yourself with people, especially ones who you care about and who care about you.
14. Have a bath with some nice bath salts or something, relax. A cup of tea usually helps here as well.
15. Watch a movie, listen to music, read a book. The tip here is don't make things worse; watch a happy comedy, listen to boppy, happy music and don't read a sad book.
If I have missed anything let me know in the comments below :)
I also wanted to remind you that it is okay to be sad sometimes, just wanting one day at home is okay too. If your are feeling like this all the time though maybe a change is needed,
I am obviously not a professional in this area but am speaking from personal experiences. If you need help or would like to talk to someone, there is always someone there for you. A friends, family member, teacher if you are in school, or various services such as peoples help line that care and will listen and help you. There are many people and services available for you and don't forget it. Everything will turn out okay.
Sorry for getting serious here, I know sometimes this isn't the most entertaining read but I feel it is important.
A joke to perk up this post now:
Q: Where did Napoleon keep his armies?
A: In his sleevies.
I know, hilarious. Actually the amount my mum and I laughed at this is unbelievable...
GUESS WHAT?!?!? THERE ARE NOW 500+ OF YOU ALL!
This is so amazing, I didn't really think people would read or pay attention to this blog, I just did it for the fun. So thank you :) It means a lot you come and read, it is something that makes me very happy. Also did you all notice the new header I made, the other did have much colour and though it isn't very bright colours it is something. Not bad for a first time I reckon.
What makes you happy?
Are there any particular things you guys want me to write about? I'm just curious.
I hope you enjoyed and have a wonderful day/night.