What It Means When You Decide to Be Happy


As a self-proclaimed pessimist, I always look for the negative in every situation. I have spent a lot of the past year unhappy and upset with how things were going because I thought this is the way I was stuck with my life. Then I stopped letting other people dictate my life and situation and decided to look out for myself.

I left some really bad friendships in the past and opened myself up to some great people, something that I was terrified to do. I joined clubs and organizations that I’m really interested in and started to meet new people and have new opportunities.

I stopped being lazy and got myself a part-time job, and learned that I love being busy and doing something. My job was a great time-filler and I felt productive, something that I had missed so much.

I recently took a spontaneous summer trip to visit a friend, something I was so skeptical to do, but I’m so glad I did. I got to spend some time with my friend at an amusement park, then shopping and then swimming with my siblings who came along with me.

So what does it mean when you decide to be happy? For me, I decided to live my life. I stopped hiding in the shadows waiting for things to happen to me and decided to make them happen.

Despite the negative still trying to come back in my life and the pessimist mindset that I have, I’m relatively happy. My family is the best, and I’ve realized who my true friends are and what make a real friend, and it’s not someone that tries to make you feel bad about yourself.

Makeup makes me happy, looking up at the clouds and down at the flowers, wearing new shoes, and having a fake-tan. These are things that make me happy, and I realized that I have a lot to be happy about.

I’ve decided to make the best of every situation, to keep dreaming big and living my life. What does happiness look like for you?




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