2016 was a year of real ups and downs and particularly life-changing. Life happens, and by that I mean it really does. Not to mention all the terrible things that have gone on this year, 2016 has been on of the strangest times to be alive.
As a sufferer of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder a few years ago (since recovered!), I was not a happy person. I tried everything to keep myself positive. I tried surrounding myself with positive quotes and sayings, I looked for affirmation from friends and social media, but nothing worked. Understandably, because that kind of encouragement was empty and not fulfilling (but that’s a topic for another day). What I really needed was a couple of realistic goals that would help me to keep going daily.
If you are going through something, whether you have severe depression or mild symptoms like I had, you’ll know how hard it is to just “cheer up” or “be happy”.
Joel did some research for me (out of desperation to hear me stop my whining about how negative I was, I think) and compiled this encouraging little list of happiness tips which had lived ever since in the front pocket of my Filofax. Today, I’d like to share them with you.
Positivity is something that I really want to promote here on The Happy Journal. I spent the last two/three years being negative about everything. Yes, I was struggling with things at the time but I spent too long moaning about my glass being half empty when in fact it was half full.
Looking for positives, even in really dark times, is such a good thing to do. It’s healthy. But it also improves your mood and can increase your motivation, productivity and creativity. Your outlook on life starts to change and you become excited about the future.
I finally have 2016 in my hands, and I’m so thrilled to be able to share with you the launch of my brand new blog. I’ve spent the last few months pouring my time and effort into creating something that I’m really proud of and excited to start using.