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22nd Nov 2021
Jealousy and Bullying

International Week of Happiness

16th Sep 2021

Goldie Hawn once said, ‘The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are.’

Are you happy with who you are? It’s a question we don’t often ask ourselves, is it? Life is busy – full of ‘to do’ lists, activities, work and checking in on those we love. If we ever find ourselves with a spare minute, we feel it should be spent developing ourselves, practicing mindfulness, exercising, or sleeping. When then do we find the time to sit and think about whether we are happy with who we are?

When we see our newsfeeds and timelines sometimes it can be tricky to feel happy can’t it?  We see selected highlights portraying perfect lives and it’s hard not to compare. But it’s important to remember that what we see online is a carefully curated highlights reel. We can all post ‘the good bits,’ but don’t be fooled that the bad bits, the dull bits, the frustrating and tiring bits; that they don’t happen too.

So how can we help ourselves in this International Week of Happiness to be happy in the skin we are in, and happy with who we are?

  1. Surround ourselves with positivity. Both online and offline surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself. Sometimes it can be that friendships can turn toxic, or we can find we have outgrown one and it leaves us feeling bad about ourselves. It’s ok to make changes to look after your own self- worth. Online it can feel very final to delete an account, but you can mute one temporarily to give yourself time out.
  2. Practice Positive Affirmations. They work. Either write your own or try some of ours.
  3. Remember that opinions aren’t facts. We can never be liked by everyone. We don’t like everyone ourselves so we can’t expect the same in return. Other people’s opinions must never form part of your own value of yourself.
  4. Write down how you are feeling every morning and every evening. Rate your happiness between 1 and 10 with 1 being very sad and 10 being the happiest you can be. That way you can analyse whether your day has made you feel better or worse and you can then analyse what it is within any given day that has impacted either positively or negatively on your mood.
  5. Identify what coping strategies work for you. Is it mindfulness? Is it exercise? Is it fresh air? Is it journaling? Is it talking about it to someone else? Once you identify your own unique coping strategy make sure you utilize that at times when you feel sad or low.

International Week of Happiness is a fantastic week to celebrate how we can make those around us happy but to make those around us happy, we must first ensure we are happy in ourselves too. Your self-worth is directly linked to your happiness. Invest in it today.

 

Written by Lucy Howard, BulliesOut Digital Comms Officer

Photo by MI PHAM on Unsplash

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