H: (stands for Hello by Adele obviously, because what other song could make you smile, cry, and laugh at the same time!? I'm only kidding Hello is a pretty bad ass song though so all power to ya Adele, for taking over every radio station in the world and making women feel empowered for dumpling their shitty ex-boyfriends.) No but really H actually stands for Honesty. I have learned over the last few years that people really hate liars. Life kinda just works out better for those of us that don't put up with bullshit and just be honest. Whether it is in a relationship and you really HATE something your partner does, just TELL THEM before they drive you totally nuts and continue to do it until you slowly learn to resent them. When they really may have NO CLUE you hate it. OR calling your friend out when she is making a mistake. I have figured out that they most likely will get over the fact that you probably insulted them in the process but hey, it happens right? I truthfully believe you can't be happy unless you can truly be honest with the people in your life.
A: Accept, OKAY this one may actually be the hardest thing as human beings that we have to do. Overtime we usually create these little scenarios in our heads because we don't want to believe reality. Sometimes it is easier to just make up excuses for people and things in our lives because we hope we will also be able to believe it too. But really we just have to accept the BULLSHIT and move on. Life doesn't stop for anybody, especially people stuck living in the past. Accept heartbreak, accept your mistakes, accept that people kinda suck sometimes, and lastly, accept whatever life throws at you.
P: Play, ok so I learned this one a few years ago at Summer Camp. Play is honestly so important in our lives because sometimes we get stuck in this pattern of (live, eat, sleep, live, eat, sleep, wait for the weekend, live, eat, sleep, etc. you get the point.) But seriously, we get so caught up in stress and everyday life that we forget to take a step back and look at life like its a little funny every once in awhile. A study was once shown that adults that let themselves play and have fun felt younger and even lived longer. Haven't you ever wished you could just have no responsibilities? Sometimes you just need to turn your phone off and talk to a friend or play a game and really engage in the conversation that your having. Letting loose can make you feel happier and even healthier when your mind is finally elsewhere.
P: Positivity, EVERYBODY knows how important it is to keep a positive attitude and how it can really change your mood and those around you. Smiling at a stranger is my favorite thing to do.. (even though I am incredibly awkward, I'm working on it). Being positive even though it feels like nothing else in your life could possibly go wrong is my favorite way to deal with life. Because life is always gonna throw crazy shit at you and you are always going to have to find a way to deal with it. What seems like the end of the world today, you won't even remember in six months. So as I like to say it, smile through the pain because It will always get worse before It gets better.
Y: You are loved, this is so important to remember every single day. Life is too short to feel alone, someone is always going to be there for you, even when you feel completely lost. Whether it is your best friend, Mom or Dad, pet, significant other, or even God. You are loved and special in every single way. As a kid I felt lonely a lot of the time because my brothers were so much older than me, this seemed like the end of the world when I was younger because I felt like an only child at times. BUT, feeling like an "only child" never made me feel any less loved, and It is SO important to know that you are loved.
The point of this is, HAPPINESS truly is a decision and a way to live your life. Happiness won't just come knock on your front door and deliver all the things you have ever wanted. That new car won't make you happy. Dropping 10 pounds to fit into that certain outfit won't make you happier. THINGS will never make you happy. THAT is the problem, too many people waste their lives waiting for something. waiting for the next big thing, just waiting and waiting to only be disappointed in the end. Life is about right now, and I'm not saying you can't look forward to things in the future but you can't wait around all your life and not enjoying what is in front of you right now.
CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY.
CHOOSE TO LAUGH WHEN LIFE IS PRACTICALLY FALLING APART.
CHOOSE TO SMILE AT SOMEONE WHO REALLY DOESN'T DESERVE IT.
CHOOSE TO BE A GOOD PERSON BECAUSE GOD PUT YOU ON THIS EARTH TO BE.
JUST CHOOSE TO BE WHO YOU ARE, NOT WHO OTHER PEOPLE WANT YOU TO BE.
LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO WASTE TIME & TOO BEAUTIFUL TO LOOK AT THE BAD SIDE OF THINGS.
“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” F. Scott Fitzgerald