Beatin’ the blues

As a current Oregonian and one who is at times vulnerable to feelings and my ambiance, I came across an article titled “Feeling Down? Get Happy, dammit!”  that sparked my interest. I think that as college students, we tend to get bogged down on the stress of academics, our social lives, and most importantly, our future. 

According to a study done by Sonja Lyubomirsky from UC Riverside, 50 percent of our happiness is determined by genetics while only 10 percent relies on life-altering circumstances. For you math whizzes, this means that 40 percent of our happiness is controlled by our daily thoughts and actions. We all know its easy to let small, insignificant things affect us, but sometimes its best to take a step back and decide wether or not its worth altering your day to these miniscule events. 
The writers of offer the following suggestions to leading the life toward cloud nine 
  • Be Curious– Inquisitive people can find pleasure and happiness out of random events and occurrences
  • Think Fast– Studies show that depression is linked to slow thinking, so the faster and more energize you are when doing daily activities, the more likely you’ll be to increase your happiness
  • Give Thanks– random acts of kindness will not only benefit those to whom you give, but to you as well. Give it a try.
  • Stop Dwelling– try to focus on the positive and let go of the negative. After a situation occurs ask yourself what can you learn from this and how can you change your actions? Once your question is answered, let the situation be.
  • Speak up and get to know your surroundings– being active and familiarizing yourself with your neighbors and your community will bring along a sense of comfort and belonging.
  • Get Healthy– Physically, mentally, emotionally, and physocologically. The more you pamper your body and mind, the more you’ll receive in return. Your self being is a wonderful creation- embrace it. 
  • Do what makes you happy– If you know that going on a walk brightens your day, or you enjoy pampering yourself with flowers, then do it! This is your life to live and no one has the capability to take that away from you.  Just remember to practice what you preach! 


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