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11 Places of Happiness We’ve All Been To

11 Places of Happiness We’ve All Been To

We all want to be happy, and, like most things in life, the journey there is more important than the destination. If you’re looking for a reason to smile, there are some common places of happiness we all share, although each is for a different purpose. If your life is getting dull, these are the options. Use each responsibly, and at your own risk, though, because too much of anything is usually a bad thing.

1. The Past.

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    My alarm clock got tired of being hit…

    The past is filled with happy times if you know where to look. You can get a quick smile refresher from looking back, but if you dwell too often on the past, you’ll miss a lot of what’s going on around you in the present. Keep in mind that thinking about the past won’t bring it back; enjoy what you have left instead of lamenting what you lost.

    2. The Future.

    Joon and I were talking about this the other day; your dreams can become reality, but whether it’s because they’re premonitions or because you’re driving yourself toward your dreams is debatable. It’s OK to dream about a perfect future, but it’s more important to take actionable steps toward building that future – otherwise it becomes a carrot on a stick, and your life becomes a revolving treadmill.

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    3. Fairy Tales.

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      Think Midas has problems…Ever hear about Bastet’s Chronos Touch?

      Every so often we all fantasize about the alternate reality of our lives. Maybe you imagine sleeping with a co-worker or friend you’d never make a move on in real life. Perhaps you pretend you’re a secret agent instead of an accountant. Whatever you’re into, it’s OK to have your head in the clouds, no matter what anyone tells you. Dreamers built this world – never forget that!

      4. Home.

      Home is where the heart is. Some days you want to just bury yourself under blankets and relax at home. We all need time to ourselves, and your home is the place to do it. Just make sure you wander out every so often. It’s easy to connect to the real world while disconnecting with everyone else around us.

      5. Stuff.

      Many people seek relief from material possessions, but they aren’t always a bad thing. A stuffed animal or body pillow, for example, is a perfectly suitable temporary outlet for emotions or when you just need to cuddle. Inanimate objects can cheer you up, but don’t depend on them entirely. It still takes human connection to find true happiness.

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      6. Friends.

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        Women…don’t fall asleep in public…it doesn’t end well IRL…

        Friends – how many of us have them? It’s important that your friends keep you happy. It’s not that you don’t occasionally need a reality check (and it’s OK to be around people who are sad), but you don’t want to fill your life with people who are constantly bringing you down. Just remember that you’re ultimately responsible for yourself, and don’t throw away your own goals and dreams for your friends.

        7. Family.

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          Yes, honey…I’m aware you’re used to being the controversial one in a mixed-race relationship, but times have changed…

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          Blood is thicker than water; your family should always be your main source of happiness. If something’s wrong with your family, it’s a good idea to look into it. These people provide comfort, and, unlike everyone else in your life, your family will always be your family, no matter what. If you can’t talk openly and honestly with your family, you’ve got problems.

          8. Romance.

          Sometimes you need a confidence boost. If you’re already in a relationship, it’s OK to lean on your partner for happiness every now and again, but you need to be happy on your own as well. Single folks are worse off; investing emotions into intimate or romantic encounters when you’re single can cause some major crashes.

          9. Pets.

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            Get a dog, they said…women will think he’s cute, they said…

            The only thing that can possibly make you happier than family is a pet. Pets don’t care about any of the dumb things going in your life, or how much money you make, or about any of the random things people judge you by. Pets are as close as you’ll get to unconditional love. Just treat them right, because if you don’t, I’ll hunt you down (and so will many other people on the internet).

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            10. Consumerism.

            Buying something for yourself or other people is a great way to perk up with a quick smile, but don’t go overboard and directly tie your happiness to what you can buy. Tying your sense of self-worth to your financial situation is never a good idea, because when you’re unstable financially, you end up unstable emotionally at a time when you most need happiness.

            11. Nature.

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              Babe…why did we walk out into the middle of the desert to look at the sky? I can see the sky from my room…

              Sometimes what you need is to get away from the rat race. It’s possible to spend so much time working that you forget what it is that’s really important to you. When things get to hectic, don’t be afraid to pull out and head out into the woods. Backpacking, hiking, and camping are some of my favorite ways to get in touch with nature and remember life’s not so bad after all.

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              Last Updated on October 9, 2018

              27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

              27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

              Who has never gone through some ups and downs in the life? But some people can feel better in a quicker way than others because they’ve found their own remedies to heal the bad feelings.

              If you haven’t found yours, these ways will help you instantly feel better and ditch that negative self talk when you’re feeling bad about yourself:

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              1. Listen to the songs you loved when you were in high school or university, this will recall you of the old good times.
              2. Write something. Write down how you feel as a way to express your thoughts if you don’t feel like talking to anyone.
              3. Draw something. Draw anything you want because no one’s going to judge your drawing skills.
              4. Read the postcards or letters your friends or family sent you before, remind yourself there are people who always remember you.
              5. Silently think of a day or moment which you truly enjoyed and try to recapture that very first feeling. Was it the day of your graduation? The moment you traveled with your loved one?
              6. Take out your photo albums and go over your childhood photos.
              7. Cry when you feel like doing so. There’s nothing wrong with crying; cry out all your fear and stress and just face the truth after crying.
              8. Sing loudly like no one can hear you. Do you know that in Japan, people always sing karaoke to relieve stress?
              9. Cook a nice meal for yourself or for your family.
              10. Read your previous diary entries and look at your great memories.
              11. Dress up nicely to feel happier.
              12. Don’t stay in your bed! Get your laptop or a book and sit in a coffee place.
              13. Take a walk outside and feel the fresh air.
              14. Sweat yourself! Go jogging or play some sports.
              15. Pick up the musical instrument you used to play a lot and start to play it.
              16. Tidy up your desk or wardrobe, you’ll feel good that you’re being productive and actually doing something.
              17. Watch some funny videos, sure you can find a lot of them on Youtube.
              18. Eat something you like, be it a chocolate cake, or an ice-cream. Just please yourself with the flavour you like.
              19. Re-read your favorite book and write down the sentences or passages that you love.
              20. Watch a new movie, there must be a movie which you’ve always interested in but had no time to watch it.
              21. Do something nice that no one will notice, say picking up a rubbish in the street and throw it to a trash bin.
              22. Call your best friend and just talk whatever you want! Human beings are social animals after all, connecting with people close to you will make you feel better.
              23. Do voluntary work and help people in need, you’ll feel happy and satisfied.
              24. Get drunk with your close friends at home – a safe place for you to get drunk and get crazy. Let loose and have fun with your very close friends.
              25. Write an email or a note to a friend who you care about.
              26. Get out of your routine life and meet new friends. Get out of your comfort zone! Meeting new people can give you new inspirations in life.
              27. Look into the mirror and smile. Act like today’s already a wonderful day. How we act affects how we feel. It’s difficult to go on feeling sad if you’re trying to smile!

              Remember:

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              It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.  — Epictetus

              If you want to feel better, change what you’re doing because obviously what you’re doing doesn’t make you happy!

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