While I’m certainly no expert, I do believe I know a thing or two in the context of how to achieve happiness in life. I say this because I’ve learned some things through experience, observations, challenges and triumphs, and while I’m only 27 and (hopefully) have some years ahead of me, I think my opinion is still valid.
One thing I’ve done for myself that has honestly made me happier than I ever have been is not giving a flying fuck what other people think of me. Sure, we’ve all heard of and have been told this ideology, but how many of us can actually say we have put this concept into practice?
I’m not entirely sure what prompted me to go ahead and live vicariously through this idea, but it happened after I graduated from university, and I think my attempt to exemplify myself while in university in a manner that was not a reflection of my true self simply got old and tiresome. I’ve never cared less about what other people think of me, nor do I allow the opinions of others to sway myself into being or acting like something I’m not. I’m Lauren, and that’s all there is to it. Take it or leave it.
Another thing that has enabled me to be happier overall is cutting back on the amount of time I spend scrolling through social media. This shit really is toxic, and while I do still use it, I try not to allow myself to scroll mindlessly as I find it brings me down and eventually depresses me.
An additional tidbit of advice I can provide that has increased my overall happiness is saying no. I’m a people-pleaser and always have been, but in time I’ve realized this isn’t necessarily a good thing because people take advantage of good intentions. You don’t owe anyone shit.
What are some of your recommendations for being happier overall?