1. Don’t say “yes” when you mean “no.” It’ll make you resentful. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
2. When driving, if someone wants to get in front of you, let him in front of you. And do it with a smile. It’ll make his day better, and it’ll make you feel good. You just changed the world.
3. Try to make a gratitude list each day. Include big things and little things. Invite your friends to make their own lists; you can all email one another each day, sharing your gratitude.
4. Don’t be a problem solver when a friend just wants you to be a listener.
5. Call your parents or grandparents. Sometimes, a five-minute phone call is all they need to feel loved.
6. Be a good neighbor: Be considerate inside and outside your home/apartment so your noise doesn’t bother those around you. That includes opening and closing your front door quietly.
7. Pee in the shower. If we each did this once a day, it would save an enormous amount of water and toilet paper (trees).
8. Write a “fan letter.” Tell someone you know, or someone you’ve never met, why you admire him or her. You’ll make someone’s day.
9. Curb your jealousy. Be happy for others.
10. Be willing to be wrong. If someone has a grievance with you, really try to see her point of view. If called for, apologize. It’s hard to do, but it feels really good and makes life so much easier.
11. If you are in a room with someone you don’t know, introduce yourself right away. It takes away the social discomfort immediately.
12. Pick a cause close to your heart, and get involved. You don’t have to quit your job and dive in headfirst. Just get involved on some level and do what you can when you can. Go slightly beyond your comfort zone but don’t overextend yourself.
13. Be a good friend to your friends. Tell them what’s good about them, that you appreciate them, and make the effort to spend time with them.
14. Go vegetarian. Animals raised and slaughtered for food suffer immeasurably. Visit GoVeg.com for a free vegetarian starter kit.
15. Do your best to think good thoughts. They affect your health, happiness, and the people around you.
16. Do something frivolous for someone you love. (It doesn’t have to be extravagant.) It feels so good to do nice things for other people, it’s almost selfish!
17. Practice accepting compliments. The person complimenting you is giving you a gift. Receive it graciously, even if it is difficult.
18. Be generous with your compliments. Don’t blow smoke up anyone’s ass. Just say nice things when they occur to you.
19. Forgive those who have wronged you. Holding onto anger and resentment poisons your body and your life. There are no benefits in staying mad. Let go. It’s okay.
20. Forgive yourself. It’s okay to be imperfect and to have made mistakes. Try to do better, that’s all.
because i had something to do that I was excited about.
and now I can’t do it.
and now I’m really upset and I don’t want to hear or see anything about halloween.
What happened? I hope it’s nothing too bad :)
aw, thank you. It’s nothing particularly tragic, it’s just that the party that all my close friends are going to I was supposed to go to. They said they could definitely get my bff and I tickets, and now they can’t. And I’ve always wanted to go to a legit halloween party, and this would’ve been my first. And I’m disproportionately upset about it.
Is like pre-Halloween.
Yankees won last night!!
There is a very good chance that I will be crashing a party tonight. This makes me a tiny bit nervous but also kind of excited.
I hope you all have a splendid day!!
I was just reading some hw reading for tomorrow for my class on John Milton & Paradise Lost and I finished and looked out my window and saw my professor walking across the little strip of sidewalk in front of my window.
I’ve always really just wanted to live. to have something happen. It’s why I used to hate missing school, even if I was sick. If I stayed home, nothing happened. Staying home was rejecting the possibilities a day surrounded by 800 other people brought. It’s why sometimes I have trouble relaxing.
A big part of why the beach means so much to me is that, for some reason, there I can relax. When I’m there, I don’t want to be anywhere else. I think on my happiest moments, and that’s how I’ve known that I’m happy- I was completely content in that moment, with no desire to be anywhere else. Hopefully someday I’ll find a guy who will make me feel that too.
I want new experiences. I want truth, I want adventure. I do not want the fabric of my life to be based upon what we wore and the fancy electronics we used. I believe that life is about so much more than that, even if I forget sometimes.
you see more on foot or by bike than by car. more by bus or train than by plane.
teachers of mine usually think one of two things about me.
usually, they love me. they usually think I try a little too hard, worry a little too much. but I get good grades and they know how hard I’m working for them. I like being someone who works hard and does well because of that hard work. And I like for teachers to like me and respect me and think of me that way. And usually they do.
but sometimes, they misunderstand me. Sometimes they somehow miss how hard I’m working and think I do well without trying, and am kind of, i don’t know, stuck up about it. Because i tend to talk in classes that I’m good and and have friends in and I’m happy when I do well. And if they don’t know how hard I work for my success, they don’t like me. They think I’m kind of conceited and take for granted that I’m decently intelligent. And I hate it, because I am working hard in those classes, they just don’t see the hours of studying I’m doing. I’m all for making things look easy, but not to teachers. Not when it makes them have a vendetta against me to deflate my imagined ego.
my art teacher at the end of high school totally thought that about me at times, although I think she eventually did see that it wasn’t true. And I feel like one of my professors this year thinks that, and I have a midterm in that class tomorrow and I’m just kind of upset that he doesn’t like me. (or so I think).