The rain in LA recently has had me (and the rest of So-Cal) all kinds of confused. But despite my general dislike for wet weather and its affect on my hair, makeup, clothes, car, etc. we needed it.
Plus, the less-than-stellar weather got me thinking about this…
The funk that has consumed me for the past few months has definitely felt like a storm. I’ve let it confuse me, consume me and control me rather than embracing my discomfort and turning it in to something positive. Despite common misconception, I believe that there is always a silver-lining.
5 Simple Ways to Be Happier:
1. Be Thankful
Think about all of the things you’ve been blessed with. Family, friends, a home, food, two legs to walk on, two eyes to see…that’s only the beginning of my [seemingly] endless list and I have no doubt that yours will be just as extensive. We. Are. So. Lucky. Make a list of the things that you’re thankful for and make it a mission to show your appreciation (through words or actions) for one thing every day. Saying ‘thank you’ is more satisfying and eye-opening than you could ever imagine.
2. Be Present
Don’t run away from discomfort, embrace it. Feel it. Running away only allows it to marinate and manifest within you. So, aim to understand why it’s there and what’s causing it and then use that knowledge to transform it into something positive. You have the power to do that.
3. Be Honest
Be honest with yourself; your brain, your body, your friends and family…honesty is beauty.
4. Be Confident
You are you. It doesn’t get more simple (or obvious) than that. But it’s true and it’s often forgotten. You are the only you and this is your only life. Why waste it feeling ashamed or uncomfortable? Find beauty in yourself, your talents, your appearance, your quirky characteristics…everything. Above all else, you owe it to yourself to love everything about you.
Simple as that. Just be. Right here, right now. This life is yours.
So, how am I doing with all of this? I’m getting there. I’m finding my way and choosing to be open about it and that’s terrifying. I’m putting my most-vulnerable self out there and admitting that life isn’t always perfect. I’m telling you that sometimes there will be tears and that’s okay.
They say that “good things come to those who wait” but, after months spent waiting, I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t work that way. Good things come to those to allow good things to happen to them. Feeling the sensation of personal bliss is a journey, not a destination. When you begin to search for the positive and celebrate every single time you stumble upon it, happiness just happens.
Here’s to dancing in the rain…