Mastering Happiness

Mastering Happiness

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This may seem untrue to some, but I believe every human being has full control over who they want to be and how they want to feel. Sure, there are problems that can cause all kinds of heartbreak to different people, but it’s always about maintaining composure and choosing to be happy despite the despites. Whether you’ve lost someone important, failed to pursue your dream career, or got piled up with big taxes to pay – know that there’s always a way for things to work out; but if you let your emotions overpower you, you won’t be able to solve your problems nor see the silver lining to it. A lot people unconsciously absorb negative energy until they can no longer think of a way out of their personal problems or even function as how they used to, don’t become one of them. Mastering happiness is a real mental game, but it’s always a choice. You have to admit it to yourself that you can’t just lie around and mope about your problems, you have to take action and pull yourself together. To shorten my point, mastering happiness takes inner strength. It’s not a natural ability, you need to earn it.  

I remember when I first entered college and I had to stay in a dormitory every weekday. As a family-oriented person, I found the situation frustrating and I experienced anxiety from time to time. Not to mention, the social environment in my university was extremely different from my previous school, as to why I also had difficulties with adjusting and making new friends. I felt lonely and I didn’t know how to cope until I was left with no choice BUT to cope. That’s when I realized I was in control – I’m the boss to who I want to become and what I want to feel. Now, how did I do it? Well, I wish to share with you my unexpected initial step to mastering happiness. I encourage you to learn from my experience and to practice the following:  

#1 Pour your emotions one last time  

Go somewhere silent and private where you can cry, curse, or shout one last time. Don’t hold yourself back and just let all your grieving or pain come out of your system. This is a healthy exercise you can do on your own, to relieve and lighten your heart.  

#2 Write your blessings  

This may sound cheesy but it works. I want you to grab a pen and piece of paper and write every single thing you believe you should be thankful for. It can be anything or anyone, even the littlest things. It can be your favorite show on Netflix that never fails to keep you entertained, your roommate’s dog that loves to cuddle with you, using top-quality craft materials you got on sale from the bookstore – it can be anything.  

#3 Read what you wrote  

It honestly took me half an hour to write everything I was thankful for in my life, and I stood in disbelief, realizing how plenty my blessings were. I want you to experience the same realization. Read your blessings one by one, afterwards, close your eyes and reflect on them.  

#4 Smile  

Let your soul be free from all the negative energy, release it. Flash back moments in your life when you felt like you were happiest, and smile. Be thankful that you have good memories to keep, and smile because you can make more. Take a deep breath and head on with your day.  

If you’ve read this far, I want to congratulate you for your genuinity and willingness to mastering your own happiness. You’re on the right track, and I wish you best in your journey!

This may seem untrue to some, but I believe every human being has full control over who they want to be and how they want to feel. Sure, there are problems that can cause all kinds of heartbreak to different people, but it’s always about maintaining composure and choosing to be happy despite the despites. Whether you’ve lost someone important, failed to pursue your dream career, or got piled up with big taxes to pay – know that there’s always a way for things to work out; but if you let your emotions overpower you, you won’t be able to solve your problems nor see the silver lining to it. A lot people unconsciously absorb negative energy until they can no longer think of a way out of their personal problems or even function as how they used to, don’t become one of them. Mastering happiness is a real mental game, but it’s always a choice. You have to admit it to yourself that you can’t just lie around and mope about your problems, you have to take action and pull yourself together. To shorten my point, mastering happiness takes inner strength. It’s not a natural ability, you need to earn it.  

I remember when I first entered college and I had to stay in a dormitory every weekday. As a family-oriented person, I found the situation frustrating and I experienced anxiety from time to time. Not to mention, the social environment in my university was extremely different from my previous school, as to why I also had difficulties with adjusting and making new friends. I felt lonely and I didn’t know how to cope until I was left with no choice BUT to cope. That’s when I realized I was in control – I’m the boss to who I want to become and what I want to feel. Now, how did I do it? Well, I wish to share with you my unexpected initial step to mastering happiness. I encourage you to learn from my experience and to practice the following:  

#1 Pour your emotions one last time  

Go somewhere silent and private where you can cry, curse, or shout one last time. Don’t hold yourself back and just let all your grieving or pain come out of your system. This is a healthy exercise you can do on your own, to relieve and lighten your heart.  

#2 Write your blessings  

This may sound cheesy but it works. I want you to grab a pen and piece of paper and write every single thing you believe you should be thankful for. It can be anything or anyone, even the littlest things. It can be your favorite show on Netflix that never fails to keep you entertained, your roommate’s dog that loves to cuddle with you, using top-quality craft materials you got on sale from the bookstore – it can be anything.  

#3 Read what you wrote  

It honestly took me half an hour to write everything I was thankful for in my life, and I stood in disbelief, realizing how plenty my blessings were. I want you to experience the same realization. Read your blessings one by one, afterwards, close your eyes and reflect on them.  

#4 Smile  

Let your soul be free from all the negative energy, release it. Flash back moments in your life when you felt like you were happiest, and smile. Be thankful that you have good memories to keep, and smile because you can make more. Take a deep breath and head on with your day.  

If you’ve read this far, I want to congratulate you for your genuinity and willingness to mastering your own happiness. You’re on the right track, and I wish you best in your journey!

Written by Jassamyn Tolentino

Written by Jassamyn Tolentino

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