5 Habits of Happy People!

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How do people achieve happiness? How do you define happiness? What makes me so happy all the time?

I’m going to elaborate on a Yahoo page I read earlier… 5 habits of happy people even the biggest grump can borrow

I definitely think that people these days need to relax and just enjoy their lives more. People are always so stressed out and worrying about every little thing. What’s the point? Your life could change at any moment, so savor each second of it! When you have a more positive outlook on your life, you’ll learn to accept, learn, and thrive. Once you change your perspective, you’ll be more at peace and freer.

Reaching out – I’m definitely someone who loves interaction – whether it be through words or not. I believe that physical actions say just as much as words themselves, if not more. Friends and family are always there to help me and support me and encourage me in whatever I do. I know that I often say that I’m really independent and whatnot, but, honestly, without my friends and family I’d be nowhere right now. Lost in my own thoughts and confused about what I should do. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone. I don’t know much about romantic relationships, but I have many platonic relationships and they are fabulous. It’s so nice to joke around and laugh with them whenever I’m able to.

Be thankful – I try to pray every night, unless I forget because I’m thinking about other things or I’m just too tired to do so. I try to just thank God for all that I have… for everything that fills my life with joy… for the little things that make life worth living… for the people who surround me and love me… for the roof over my head, a warm bed, food, clothes… for everything about me (my talents, my abilities, the way I see things). They are all a part of what makes me me, so I’m thankful for everything in my life. There are too many people in other countries who can’t afford what I can afford… who can’t go to school… who are cold and hungry… who are ill and diseased… who don’t have others to help them and take care of them. When I feel like I don’t have enough or I’m sad about my life, I imagine what life would be like if I couldn’t even have what I have. I can dream and wish and it might be obtainable, whereas they can hope and wish all they want, and it probably isn’t obtainable. Why shouldn’t I be thankful for everything I have?

Live your passions – One of the best things about college is that I have found a specific area/group/department on campus which I love more than the others on campus. I have so many friends involved in the arts, especially in music. I love it! I surround myself with people who love what they do. I love to sing and make beautiful music with people who share the same interests as me. I love going to rehearsal because I have fun with my friends there. I love to dance because it’s fun, it’s exercise, and it’s something I’m fairly good at all at the same time. I catch things easier than most and it makes the physical exertion and sweat totally worth it when I see the smiles on my friends’ faces. I love performing and it’s even better when I like practicing and when I know everyone I’m performing with. I often wake up wishing that I can become a better singer, dancer, and performer. It’s what I love to do and it’s what I love filling my life with. I’ve found my niche and it’s so wonderful!

Make do – Until I got to college, never have I ever loved shopping. I just didn’t feel like I needed anything. I was complete. I was very happy about my life and what I had. I didn’t want my mom to spend anything on me. It wasn’t necessary for my happiness because I had enough. I wore what I had and, although I’d get tired of it, I was fine with it. I have an older sister and sometimes she’d give me her old stuff. That was fine too. I didn’t need new, shiny things to be happy. Not that I need them now, but I do enjoy shopping now because I’m more comfortable with my body shape. Oh, that’s probably one of the reasons why I didn’t exactly enjoy shopping. I was unsure of my body and wasn’t fully confident in it. I know better now and I’ve come to accept what I look like. =]

Enjoy the simple pleasures – Okay, I have an entire blog post on this (https://rachellaenchantd.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/the-tiniest-of-things-are-the-best/). The simplest things are the most abundant in our lives. They are the things that happen most often. They make life beautiful! Seeing a smile from a stranger, hearing a baby’s laugh, eating a piece of chocolate, hugging someone, completing a homework assignment (sorry I had to throw this in there), getting a comment on a picture on Facebook (this too), seeing your hair fall exactly the way you want it to… These tiny things are what get us through our days. They help us realize (when we want to) that we don’t need huge and expensive things to live full lives. We can genuinely be happy because happiness brought about by those huge, expensive things is fake happiness that only comes around when we buy. That isn’t true or real happiness. Happiness can be captured in the tiniest of things!

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Pictures I’ve taken of the tiniest things that make me happiest:

☮ ♥ ♫

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Afraid of Love

Hmm not really… It’s just the cutest song I’m listening to right now called “Afraid of Love” by Beth Waters. Here are the lyrics:

I used to hide behind the curtains of my living room
Everytime I thought about you coming to my door
I would hang up the phone before you ever said hello
And dash into another aisle when I’d see you at the store

I was afraid
I was afraid
I was afraid of love
I was afraid
I was afraid
I was afraid of love

One day I noticed I was looking for your face in crowds
And wondered if in fact you had forgotten about me
I waited by the phone to see if you would call again
And watched out of my window with my head upon my knees

I wanna fall
I wanna fall
I wanna fall in love
I wanna fall
I wanna fall
I wanna fall in love

Now I see love everywhere I go
It’s in the songs on the radio
An old couple sitting in the park at noon
Eating heart shaped cookies
Oh God, what did I do?

Then came the day that I had secretly been wishing for
You walked into a coffee shop where I was having tea
I glanced into your eyes, my body started panicking
Then suddenly your head came down and kissed me on the cheek
From there it’s all a blur, I can’t remember what you said
I just kept staring at your lips, repeating in my head the words

I am in love
I am in love
I am in love with you
I am in love
I am in love
I am in love with you

Ooo ooo ooo ooo

I am in love
In love with you

Perfect for preparing myself for Valentine’s Day… The butterflies you feel, the giggles that appear and words that disappear, and the rush you get when that one person you really like stares a little longer than normal… I haven’t had this feeling in a long time. I haven’t actually had a Valentine since my sophomore year in high school. Even then, all I did was give him a chocolate Kiss and an awkward hug and then slowly scooted away. Haha cute but lame… I know.

Well, I must admit that I’ve been getting those feelings again. ♥. Yes, I am thinking a lot more about one certain person. It seems we are pretty similar, especially in the way we act around each other. We both seem to be shy and a little awkward. Hmm I don’t want to give away who that person is… But let’s just leave it at this. I may have to make the first move, which would be okay… However, (haha a million eyes will read this now…) the “boyfriend” that I did have before… hahaha we were too shy to do anything. No kiss… nothing! On our first date we watched Scary Movie 4 with one of my best friends and her boyfriend. First of all, horrible date movie… I mean, seriously? I can’t believe we all decided on it. I also may have gotten nightmares from the stupid scenes from The Grudge. Secondly, my friend and her boyfriend were lip-locked at the very end, and my date and I felt a little awkward. We held hands and had a really nice, long hug. That’s about it! I think it’s just me who’s awkward. Shy awkward… Cute awkward?! Hmm, whatever, it’s still awkward.

Anyway, so there’s my story. I would be okay to make the first move if I had had an actual relationship before… Well, maybe I could just rebel and I’ll make the first move. That’d be kind of awesome! But, would that change the dynamics of the relationship? Who cares?! I think I’ll just go ahead and try…

5 DAYS ‘TIL VALENTINE’S DAY!!!!! ♥

I’ll leave you with some of my photos that I took late January up in Julian, CA at Camp Cedar Glen:

Ciao for now! ♫ ☺ ☮

Photography

I just finished writing that blog on my lists of likes and dislikes about life and already I’m thinking of writing another. I love it!

So I don’t know if you know me, but, if you’re one of my good friends, you probably know that I always take my camera everywhere!!! I almost always have it so that I can savor each moment. I want to share with you and the rest of the world some of what I appreciate in life (and especially in nature) by showing some of my photos! Yay!

I hope all the pictures came out nicely for your viewing pleasure!