So a few thoughts on happiness. As many of you may know, I’ve been taking a communication course called the Science of Happiness. It’s quite intriguing but please don’t ask me if I’m eons happier. It’s a gradual process and I think it’s mostly about learning about one’s interests and taking a different perspective on life.
We just started reading this book and I thought I’d share a few interesting points with y’all.
- Expressing gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions
- Happy people tend to exhibit the following characteristics:
- — Committed to lifelong goals
- — Practice optimism with the future
- — Live in the moment and savor life’s pleasures
- — Still have their fare share of disappointments crises & tragedies; they just take a different approach to coping with them
- Overthinking diminishes happiness. Novel concept right? I’m SO guilty of this, it’s not even funny. But I do find that when I tell myself to move on and let things go, I feel much better. This could be about school, image, friends, life. Overthinking actually impairs one’s ability to solve problems and interferes with concentration and initiative. Tough advice, but it works.
- Happiness takes work. There’s no overnight solution or dream medicine.
Why is it good to be happy? Well, we can’t be happy happy all the time (no, that would not be normal…psychopath more like it) but it does have some benefits:
- more sociable & energetic
- charitable & cooperative
- flexibility & ingenuity
- resilient & stronger immune systems
Also, talking about graduation…it’s about three weeks away. No big deal. How about this funky post from BuzzFead about things we will never be able to do again post-graduation.