Are you in the middle of a quarter life crisis? Experiencing a post post-grad slump? Check out these 5 quick and easy ways to be a happier person, even when things aren't going exactly as planned:
1) Love Where You Live
There’s actually something to the old adage, “location, location, location!” The number one easiest way to be happier is to love where you live. Whether that means you love the weather, the activities, the landscape, your neighbors—there has to be something about where you live that you enjoy and makes you look forward to going home every day. If there isn’t, move.
2) Love What You Do
Now this is easier said than done, and a lot of my pieces will be focused on the general discontent post post-grads feel with their careers, but the key here is not to get stuck. Don’t be afraid to keep searching for new opportunities, and never stay somewhere you hate for fear of the unknown. If you found this job, you’ll find another. In the meantime, try to make time for little things you love, like buying a Groupon for those French cooking classes you always wanted to take. Voilà! Macaroon happiness :)
3) Learn to Say No
One thing happy people all have in common is they don’t do things they don’t want to do. Embrace the wonderful freedom that comes with saying no. You don’t have to go to every event or have dinner with everyone that asks just to be polite. If you have other plans, specifically sitting at home drinking wine and catching up on shows, then by all means do that and don't feel bad for a second.
4) Get Fit
I don’t know the exact science behind it, but working out releases endorphins and those bad boys make you feel better. Also, at the end of the day, investing in yourself is never a bad idea. Take the time to get on a regular workout regimen and you’ll be surprised how much happier you feel. Plus, think of all the "looking good!" compliments you'll have to look forward to!
5) Give Back
Sometimes happiness is a question of perspective, and working with others who are less fortunate helps you be more appreciative of the things you normally take for granted. It's a win-win situation, you get a warm fuzzy feeling and others get help they need. All good stuff! For my fellow South Floridians, handsonmiami.org is a great way to get started.
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