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Now, I’m no psychology major nor emotion expert, but I am human. I have been able to experiment with my happiness for a few years now. These five things are just what I have come up with as a college student in her early 20’s. Now those of you that are reading this that may have a couple more years on me may be able to catch something to make your youth-self spring out of you! πŸ™‚ My goal here is to share my life experiences to encourage positive thoughts to arise.

Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Get yourself on an exercise schedule.

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It doesn’t have to be anything intense unless intense is what you want. Introducing exercise in your life can make you feel a lot better about yourself. Start with a 20-minute walk in the morning or at night before bed. Personally, starting my mornings with a workout usually turns my whole day into a beautiful one! Don’t get me wrong, night workouts kick my but too, but I like being active after a great workout. FYI, it helps relieve soreness too. πŸ™‚

2. Take yourself out to dinner.

Yes, alone. By yourself. Try to avoid using your phone while you’re there too. Just sit there, think and eat. It’s not a bad idea to read or get some work done, but it’s a better idea to be there for the peacefulness. I like to sit at a restaurant and go over the past couple of weeks in my head and think about how I can improve. Whether I’m thinking about school, my relationship, my career or my vacations, I always think of ways to make myself happier about each subject.

3. Go for a walk alone.

Leaving your phone at home in this day in age is almost unheard. But there is a Do Not Disturb option where you can have your phone on you for emergencies but never get distracted by notifications. If possible, do so. Throw on your favorite pair of walking shoes and get ready for the best form of meditation. I kid you not; I love to walk alone. I may know exactly where I am physically, but I get lost mentally. When walking, I become completely comfortable with my surroundings and at ease in my body. It is also nice to go out walking with your dog, but it is a different experience from being totally alone.

4. Get organized and set goals.

There’s no better feeling than being on top of everything. Here are a couple of online planner sites: DayViewer, MyStudyLife, WeekPlan and you can always use your e-mail provider’s calendars. I use my Lilly Pulitzer Planner to stay on top of my busy schedule. I also created a vision board to keep my goals vivid. When setting goals, don’t limit yourself! β€œDon’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” ? Paul Brandt
5. Write/Draw/Color/Scribble.

Let it all out. Write down everything that is on your mind. It is a go idea to get your feelings out, and I find it easier to deal with things when they’re out in front of me. Some can draw better than they can write. (Not me.) If that’s you, no shame! Draw whatever is in your head. Create a fiction story, draw out your dream home, sketch your day out or make a picture of whatever brings you happiness. (If that happens to be Leo winning his Grammy, so be it!) These adult coloring books have become very popular. I have done some coloring, and it is de-stressing, as long as you follow all of the instructions, which does include shutting off your cellular device. I say scribble because from experience when I am working diligently on something for school I start freaking out and screaming like a mad man makes me feel much better. πŸ™‚

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