The search for happiness: a highly sought-after feeling. A common goal for millions of people spanning across every culture, gender, religion, age, and tax bracket. Aside from those who spend a lifetime attaining power, money and fame, what most people want most in life is to be HAPPY. Many of us see a therapist to fulfill that need, some of us may even take a pill to drown out the bad feelings and replace them with what we assume is “happiness.” I’m never too proud to admit that I’ve experienced coming and going bouts of anxiety and depression, and no matter what I did to escape it, my search for happiness continued to make me feel as though I was coming up short every time. However, over the last six months to a year, I think I may have the secret to happiness figured out. Happiness means something different to each and every person based on their individual needs, but what I’ve found is that happiness can be really quite simple to obtain if you look in the right place(s). I’m going to share what it took me a good ten years to figure out and the simple things that make me happy today, in this beautiful moment.
HOW to be happy and what makes ME happy:
-Accepting yourself as you are-
–A Netflix Binge-
Netflix is the best and worst thing that has ever happened to me. First it was the 5 straight seasons of Sons of Anarchy, followed by 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights, 5 of Breaking Bad, and now I’m on to 8 seasons of Dexter. I have the Netflix app on my iPhone and iPad, and for Christmas, Santa brought me a smart TV with a Netflix BUTTON on the remote! Technically, anywhere I go I can watch Michael C. Hall chop a serial killer into pieces. I work a lot, so the second I find myself with some free time on my hands, a three to five hour Netflix binge complete with all the essentials – a blanket, my dog, and some treats – brings me PURE joy.
-When my dog takes a dump OUTSIDE like a real dog instead of on the carpet INSIDE like an obnoxious shit-for-brains pest –
-Trimming the Fat-
-Eating peanut butter M&M’s-
…Need I go on?
-Letting go and FORGIVING –
-Hugging a cute little goat-
-Spending 20 minutes a day watching absurd STUPID videos on Vine-
From the antics of comedian, Chris D’Elia, to wiener dogs wearing clothes, and a woman named Katie Ryan who posts videos of her four year old daughter who is true-blue comedic GOLD, this FREE app will change your life. Laughter is one of the best tools to achieving ultimate happiness.
-Appreciating and taking notice of “the little things”-
SO many people spend so much time being PISSED OFF to open up their silly little eye balls and witness the BEAUTY around them. A beautiful man makes you breakfast without his shirt on…APPRECIATE IT. Your mom leaves you a note telling you how much she loves you…APPRECIATE IT. A four year old tells you you’re her best friend….APPRECIATE IT. I guarantee you there is someone out there in this giant world genuinely happy with so much less than what YOU currently have. Basically, don’t sweat the small stuff, CHILL THE F OUT and open yourself to all the blessings this Universe has to offer.
The secret to happiness is pretty basic. It’s all about having a major attitude adjustment. In the last six months, I’ve stopped worrying about things I can’t control. Worrying only makes the things you DON’T want to happen, happen. Instead, visualize positivity. Close your eyes and think about the things you want to take place and the little things that make you smile and I swear, happiness will surround you. THIS I promise you.
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