We’ve all experienced firsts and lasts in our life time. Though these can seem sad, they can also be exciting because a new stage in your life is about to happen! That’s where I’m at. I’m young and have plenty of time to reminisce about old times—that’s not going to stop me from having even better experiences now. Don’t be boring, get out there and do something cool!
Doing new things, having new firsts and ending periods in your life shape who you are. For those of you afraid of change: embrace it and know that the best things in life are yet to come! It takes too much work to worry about the things we cannot change.
I’m finishing up my last semester as an undergraduate. Today is my last first day of (undergraduate) school! And let me tell you, it is going to be the best semester yet. So even if you aren’t graduating like I am, insert your own experience here and have the happiest time of your life…right now. Why wait?
Tips and ideas to happy-ify your life
- Weekly Whim. Do something new every week. Call it your ‘Weekly Whim.’ Share what you’re doing with friends and family. Share it with me! New experiences lead to new connections.
- Connect. Text, call or message a friend you don’t see all the time. People like to know they are being thought of. You have the opportunity to make someone’s day.
- Get cultured. Look up local art, plays, lectures, markets or live music. Think outside the box.
- LOVE. Everyone can be negative—so be the light in the room. Be a great example. Talk great about others and make a point to compliment people. Boosting their confidence will help boost yours. (Note: even if you aren’t feel chipper, acting the way you want to feel can help turn your mood around).
- Eat healthy. Yeah, everyone says this. But seriously, you feel better, sleep better, look better, pay attention better, behave better (etc). So why not be BETTER? Plus eating well is good for the environment. Try some restaurants that use local food (this could lead you to your new favorite eatery). Here is an article about local food benefits. Read about my current excursion through a gluten free, dairy free, and meat free lifestyle, here. I call it ‘Vegegludarian.’
- Get active. This can mean many things. Try going to some fitness classes to keep your workout fun. Form a bike or running group and find new paths where you live. It’s an adventure. Doing things like yoga, can help you reflect on yourself inwardly. Often people find that having this outlet of energy pushes them to eat and behave better in everyday life.
- Here is a book/app I designed for lifestyles (Go look!). Also, check out yogajournal.cpm for free videos, descriptions and lifestyle advice.
- Meditation. No, you don’t have to sit cross legged and say ‘om.’ Meditation can mean drinking tea and having quiet time in the morning, taking a walk or journaling. Even 5 minutes of this quiet time can help you reflect on the things you are thankful for and calm your busy brain after a long week. The Good and Beautiful God devotion had a good tip: keep a piece of paper and pen with you so if a ‘to-do list’ item pops up you can write it down so it won’t interrupt your quiet time. Problem solved.
- Just Do it. Debating whether to meet that friend for coffee, try a new store or volunteer somewhere new? Whatever it is, just do it. You will never be upset that you tried something new. And hey, if you didn’t like it you hadn’t planned on doing it in the first place. Feel productive today.
Good luck with your goals! Be sure to share the cool things you are doing with family and friends. Inspire them to do great things too. In the words of one of my favorite professors “go do good work.”