The Social Component of Happiness

There you are in your little bubble of happiness and joy, minding your own business, smiling at the birds and smelling the roses, when someone crosses your path with a rude word or condescending comment. Your bubble is burst and all positivity flies out the window.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Unfortunately, none of us live on a deserted island and human interaction is unavoidable. Not everyone is on the same journey, so it begs the question; how can we stay positive and find happiness when we live in a world full of unhappy, negative people?

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Surround Yourself With Positive People

A great place to start is to surround yourself with people who are positive. They’re out there. Just look around. And happiness is contagious; the more you interact with people who are uplifting and encouraging, the easier it will be to deal with those who aren’t. So find your fellow happiness seekers and keep them close.

Check Your Social Media

Another thing to pay attention to is social media. Evaluate the things you see as you scroll through your news feed. Are they positive? Do these things make you smile and help elevate your perspective? One of the best things I ever did for myself was to go through the people and things I saw on my social media accounts and remove anything that didn’t inspire or encourage positivity in my life. For better or for worse, I spend a lot of time on social media, so it was important that I not be filling my mind with negativity and bringing myself down during that time.

Talk To Someone

There are days when it feels like everything and everyone around me was designed to squash every happy bone in my body. One thing I found incredibly helpful in times like that is to talk to someone (preferably someone in your little happiness tribe). Not only does it help to release negativity, but it helps you to hear yourself and just maybe realize that it’s not as bad as you thought. And having someone else’s perspective on things can help turn it around, too.

Surround Yourself With Things That Make You Smile

I’m a very visual person, so it’s nice to have things around that remind me to smile. I have a calendar at work with photos of tropical beaches and a daily positive quote calendar on my desk. I put up pictures of friends and fun decorations at home that remind me of how good life can be. When I used to commute and spend a lot of time in my car, I made “happy music” playlists to listen to and kept a photo or two in the center console that kept me focused on the positive. Wherever you spend a lot of time, have something around that makes you smile.

Be A Happiness Ambassador

Cheesy? Yes. But when everyone else is negative, who else is going to bring that ray of sunshine? You absolutely have the ability to change someone else’s day and help make it more positive. Encourage those around you to smile. Do something to help lighten their load. Show kindness and remind people that life is still good. Be the type of person you are looking for when you need a lift.

It is easy to see all the negative in the world. All you have to do is look. But the amazing thing is, if you look for the good, you will see that, too. How can you remind yourself to look for the positive? What can you do today that will bring a smile to someone else’s face? Find the good, be happy, and spread it around. You deserve it.

 

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