In my macroeconomics class last Wednesday, my professor cut our lecture short and told us that he was going to take the rest of the class period to tell us the three rules to happiness. Everyone was pretty happy because a) we didn’t have to keep taking notes and b) that’s a pretty interesting/loaded topic and I think most people wanted to genuinely hear his take on it.
Always Keep Working:
Whether it be on yourself, your hobbies, or your actual job, it’s important to keep moving and always keep working. He told us to obviously not overwork ourselves, and that relaxing is still important, but when we stop working and stop focusing on our goals, it sets us back farther and makes us even more unhappy in the future. I read a LinkedIn post a few weeks ago, and it explained how there is always work available. The writer went on to explain that even if you are out of work and can’t seem to find a job, that there is always a job out there. It might not be your ideal job, but it’s good to keep yourself working. It’s so easy to want to binge on Netflix or sleep in, but think of all that you’re missing when you do that. Holding yourself accountable and staying on top of your work and your goals can only help you.
Stop Spending Time With Toxic People:
It’s so important to find good people to surround yourself with. Maintaining the already healthy relationships and letting those grow can be a really beautiful thing, but sometimes toxic people creep into our lives. Recently, I’ve been trying to focus on myself and surround myself with people who build me up, inspire me, and are just all around good people. Get rid of those who are toxic – don’t text them and don’t hang out with them. Unfollow or unfriend them if you have to. Just do whatever you need to do. My professor told us, “It’s better to be alone than surrounded by toxic people.” And honestly, I couldn’t agree more. Your happiness should not be compromised by other people.
Unplug and Disconnect:
It annoys me to no end to see people out on a date or at dinner with friends and everyone is just on their phone. We alter our lives for social media and for our phones. We photoshop our bodies, we compare ourselves to strangers on Instagram we’ve never met, we choose to sit staring at our phones instead of meeting someone new and legitimately connecting. Don’t get me wrong I love my phone and social media, but I know it can be a problem. Take some time this weekend to unplug and read a book, go for a walk, or visit a friend you haven’t seen in a while. It’ll give you some time to unwind and clear your head from the week before.
They all seem like pretty straightforward rules, but I think sometimes life can get chaotic and we can lose our happiness in the process. Is there a secret to happiness that you have? Share it in the comments here or send me a message, I’d love to see what makes your life a little bit brighter and happier!