- Category: Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)
- Published: 02 April 2014
In a place where one is constantly stressed, it's hard to maintain a positive outlook, but it's not impossible. Maintaining a positive attitude, even when you're not happy, is key.
It's easy to have something not go your way and just feel like your world is falling apart. In reality what we are stressing over is typically minor and we are just being overly dramatic. It might sound cliché to say, but laughing things off is a genuine method of feeling better about a bad situation. Try to find something funny about whatever you're stressing over.
Take pride in the little things in life. It's the little things in life that have an impact on us without realizing it. Someone holding the door for you isn't always a big deal to some, but when it does happen, be appreciative.
If a stranger smiles at you or says hi or you drive through all the traffic lights without any of them turning red, use it as a boost. Things like that may put a small smile on your face, but those things can turn your day around, even if it's one of your worst days.
If you feel like you don't have a clue what you want to do in your future, have hope. If you have hope that something is going to happen the way you want it to, you have a better chance for it to be that way.
In life, optimism is key. Remaining optimistic is essential to success. If you build your life around your happiness and joy, chances are things will all fall into place.
Life isn't all about feeling sorry for yourself, instead it's about being proud of who you are and what your future holds.
You may hit some rough patches, but just remember that none of it is permanent. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel and out of every bad situation comes good.
If you believe you deserve a happy ending, or something good to happen to you, you will get that happy ending; you will get the good news you deserve to hear.
Even if you just find yourself not being able to do any of these things, put a smile on your face. Always smile. Your smile may turn around someone else's day, and that's a reason in itself to feel good.
Everyone needs to remember that positivity and happiness starts from within. If you can truly feel happy about something, anything, it will reflect in everything you do. If you project positivity, you will get it in return. Try not to seek happiness in others; find it within yourself first.
College is a place where you find yourself, where you are figuring out who you are and who you want to become. There's no place better to have a positive outlook on life. After all, college is where your life really begins, so why not begin this new part of your life with a smile on your face and your best foot forward. It will change your life, and the lives of others.
This could be easier said than done, but try to look at the glass half full, not half empty. Most importantly, remember that you are not the only one going through a difficult time and you will get through it no matter what.