Happiness is Always Important
Remembering All of Your Priorities
As you can tell from all of my recent posts I have been completely bogged down by the stress and intensity of finals. When I walk around campus everyone appears miserable and I realized that I too have been forgetting to smile. While focusing on my workload and experiencing the associated pressure I neglected one of my highest priorities: Happiness. I feel ashamed that I failed to remember that happiness is always important. And I feel as if I let you, my readers, down by allowing finals period to take over my life. As I handed my second to last assignment today I began to see the light at the end of the tunnel and I had a revelation; there is always something to be happy about and a reason to smile if I just permit myself to see it. Finals gave me tunnel vision. All I saw was my work, approaching due dates, and grades. Looking at the world in this way exhausted me and brought me so much misery. I am thankful that I have finally escaped from that zone and am able to see everything else that exists in the world around me. Yes, school and finals and grades are important. But nothing is more important than your own happiness. Stress and obligations are not excuses to ignore this priority or forget to smile. I'd like to entertain two affirmations today-
I choose to be cheerful regardless of any other circumstances that arise.
|Cute kittens make me smile !|
|Spread happiness to everyone you meet-|
I am spreading happiness everywhere I go.
Hopefully, as I walk around campus with my smile and cheerful glow, others will realise that they too can be happy, despite the stress that finals period brings. I am going to make it my goal over the course of the next week to only be happy but also pass it along as I go about my day. Life is filled with difficult times and situations. As a student finals period proves to be an overwhelming and stressful period that can create misery. But we all face hardships in other areas of our lives that make it easy to forget that happiness is always important and even more difficult to find happiness. Life seems to have an endless supply of challenges and stressors- we become seriously ill, we get fired from a job, we take a pay cut, a loved one dies, our boss hates us- and we neglect the fact that life also has an abundance of joyous moments. Life offers so many gifts- the birth of a child, falling in love, fulfilling our dreams, achieving a goal, discovering our natural talents, friendship- and if we can remember this during the hard times than we will always be able to find a reason to smile.
|Happy mind and/or brain-|
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
- Abraham Lincoln
It's time that we all metaphorically put our feet down and make up our minds. Even if it takes a little extra lets choose to find happiness every single day. Don't let anything get in your way. If happiness is truly one of our priorities than we owe it the same amount of attention that we give to our other priorities. Finishing the semester is one of my other main priorities at the moment. I have spent so much energy and dedicated a great deal of time to this priority. I have not forgotten it. So, why was it ok for me to forget that happiness is always important? It wasn't. If I am going to claim that finding happiness is my main goal in life, if I am going to dedicate an entire blog to it, if I expect to ultimately be truly happy, than I can't afford to forget it. No matter what is going on in my life- finals, personal loss, familial tension- I must remember all of my priorities, happiness included.
Take a step back from any anxiety provoking situations in your life. Give yourself some time, even just a brief moment, to look around or peer into the depths of your mind and find something that brings a smile to your face. Life is short, it is filled with sadness and pressure, it is filled with joy and blessings, and it is filled with many moments. How are you going to choose to experience these moments that make up your life? I am making the conscious decision to be happy no matter what attempts to block my way and I encourage you to do the same!
|Remember All of Your Priorities-|
Don't forget to smile; you'll discover they're contagious,
|Fun with friends makes me smile !|
14 Days Til Christmas, 4th Night of Hannukah
And of course we already know that Christmas makes me happiest of all! I am ready to start truly enjoying this holiday season!