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A cursory Google search for “happiness” will yield various results, the first being:
Happiness, in psychology, is a state of emotional well-being that a person experiences either in a narrow sense, when good things happen in a specific moment, or more broadly, as a positive evaluation of one’s life and accomplishments overall—that is, subjective well-being.
Well then, since it is already established that happiness is a subjective state of mind, the onus of staying happy relies completely on me, irrespective of the circumstances.
However, the circumstances do tend to determine my happiness. It’s a weird and uncomfortable loop. Hence, my stance: staying happy is a full-time job. It takes consistent work and effort.
Allow me to elaborate.
We Live in an Age of Abundance
We actually live in an age of social media wherein people seem to have it all. It is a known fact that people do not tend to showcase the negative aspects of their lives but it is difficult to remember that when I see my classmates getting married, going on vacations, getting jobs, and just living their lives while I sit at home and worry about my future and play a game of “what if?”
It is Easy to Let Go
Honestly, sometimes it is easier to just let myself give up and give in to unproductive negative thoughts and belittle myself. (Sometimes I have to wonder whether I am on my side.)
It is easier to binge my favourite sitcom (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and stuff my face with homemade mango ice-cream than get up and go for a walk. It is also easier to cry myself to sleep than meditate and get my thoughts in order.
We Focus on the Lack
In an age of abundance, it is easier to focus on what we do not have than what we do have. We also sometimes tend to neglect the things that we have that others do not.
Thus, staying happy requires work. One has to constantly look at the positives and believe that the grass is at least green.
How do you motivate yourself when you feel low? Let us know in the comments.
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