Sunday, September 30, 2012

the magic formula for happiness.

do you ever feel like me, and you finally get sick of all the worry and stress... and you just sit down and decide, not to give up, but to just enjoy life for a second?
there are far too many reasons not to love life.
today i decided that biochemistry was far too stressful, and that i needed to sit still and just STOP WORRYING for one afternoon. while surfing netflix, i found the "happy" movie.
what makes you happy? 

when it comes down to it, a lot of things make me happy.
(i'm quite easy to entertain, actually...)
1. cuddling on the couch makes me happy. 
2. a hot cup of tea with a good book.
3. buying something random. especially from the dollar store.
4. fuzzy things.
5. feeling healthy.
6. learning stuff.
7. getting tips at work.
8. having someone remember your name.
9. inventing something for dinner that actually turns out. 
10. compliments. especially from strangers.
11. starting something new. a cause.
12. fruit.
13. having a clean room. (is it just me, or does having your room organized just make it feel like the rest of your life will just fall into place?)
14. finishing something.
15. sunsets.
16. holidays.
17. pinterest. and even better than pinterest: having someone ask you if you found something cute on pinterest, and saying "heck no! this was 100% jess!!!
18. having my toes painted and
19. having time to wake up in the morning and feeling drop-dead gorgeous when i walk out the door.
20. spending time with my family.

what did i learn from the happy movie?
life changes so quickly. unless we are truly happy and content with the person we are right now, we will be chasing an idea for the rest of our lives. 
we can choose to be happy.
accepting yourself completely comes as a part of the healing process.
there is no such thing as pleasure without pain.

"what do you want in life? to be successful, to be happy, and to live a long, healthy life."
what is it to be successful? and at what cost?
there is a lot of talk about a "toxic lifestyle" - the way that we live, trying to be more successful, and earn more money, and be more... just more.
i think it's time that we slowed things down.
take some time to sit down and read a book without feeling like you are wasting time.

i don't like to get too deep on my innermost thoughts here... but i had a thought the other day. i had basically failed a biochemistry test, and was thinking that my life was pretty much over because i need that class to get into grad school. 
so i called my mom. (aren't they just great? especially when the world seems like it is coming to an end.)
and after i told her how my life was ending, and feeling dejected, inadequate, and completely stupid, she just said, "it's gonna be ok."
is it bizarre that my whole day changed after that little comment? 
so grad school might have to wait a little while, but does that really mean my life is over???
so when you are feeling like the world is ending, just think to yourself: it is going to be ok.
until there is an alien invasion, or an asteroid hurtling directly towards earth, i think that i'm going to keep moving on, keep moving forward, and just be happy.
even then, who knows?

on a different note, this is my newest obsession/phase.
for the next 30 days, i doing the whole30 challenge!
find out more here.