I posted this quote on my Tumblr a couple of weeks ago, and when I revisited it again, I was inspired to create this post. I know what you’re thinking right now. You’re probably thinking that I am a whacko insane in the head. Not every day is going to be the happiest day of your life. And I agree. I’ve had absolutely crappy days where I feel like a 1 out of 10, and I would never in a million years want to repeat them again. But I’m not going to say that every day will be the happiest one. That’s not what this quote is all about. What this quote is about is your attitude coming into every day and every situation.
Say you wake up Sunday morning and you are so excited to just chill in your bedroom, windows closed, and watch Netflix on your computer while tucked in your sheets. However, your mother comes into your room and tells you that you have to get dressed because your relatives are coming for Sunday brunch. You groan. You bury your face in the pillow. You absolutely dread having to hear another “back in the day” story from your grandparents and your extended family members. As a result, you just snap at your mother who threatens to take away your phone privileges if you don’t get your act together. For the rest of the Sunday brunch, all you do is sulk, eat and sulk. The rest of the day is terrible as well. Who’s at fault, here? Ultimately, you.
It’s typical of teenagers to want to isolate themselves in their rooms and distract themselves with Netflix media, which is totally fine because they need their chill alone time. They love it so much because they’re excited and happy. They dread Sunday brunch with the grandparents because they come to the table sour and grumpy. Your mind is so powerful that it can distort the scene you see. If you simply switched your mindset, Sunday brunch would look so much brighter. You will look back ten years from that moment, twenty years, thirty years, when you’re retired, and recall how much you missed your grandparents and your mother’s cooking, or regret how you completely disregarded the time and effort your family put into making you happy.
I have a million problems, but I can gladly say that I’m relatively happy. I’m not at 100%, but I am much happier than most people my age. Before I get out of bed every morning, I think or even tell myself, “I will make today a happy day.” It doesn’t always work, of course. Sometimes things out of my control occur and ruin my day. However, it just takes you one notch higher from having another beautiful day and creating another happy memory. I said this the day I got my first university rejection, but it was a good day all in itself because I reconnected with my best friends and had an awesome night out with my family. I said this on a super uneventful Sunday where I had so much homework to do, but it was still an awesome day because it was the first day of spring, I made a delicious sweet potato kabocha pudding, bonded with my mother and had Indian food for dinner.
You can make it work, all with just a positive mindset. I want to live a life with minimal regret and more gratitude. Rather than looking at something and thinking of it as a curse, I try to see it as a learning experience and stepping stone for growth. So, by making every day the happiest day of your life, I mean that you should wake up every morning with optimism and determination to make every moment of your life a positive thing. When you’re older and reflecting on your life, you’re going to remember all of the extreme ups and downs that happened. And when you decide if you’re going to cry that you can’t relive the moment to make it right or smile because it happened, you’ll already know what to do.
How do you live positively? What are your favorite sources of happiness?