Twenty-two year old girl living in Brisbane. I am in love with nature, music, food and animals so you'll see a lot of that here 🌿 See @chloeoliviad on Instagram for more photos from where I've seen and where I want to! ✌🏻
Published December 3rd 2015
Happiness is a silent gun
We have all made the new years resolutions as every year comes to a close. Whether it be, lose weight, quit smoking, meet that special person, stop caring so much about meeting that person as it will come with time (hopefully!) etc. This may read to you like a resolution list however it's much more than that. On the 1st of January each year a wave of enthusiasm washes over us that this year will be our best year yet. However by the 4th or 5th or come the first weekend, some of us are lying in a pool of our vomit or some are citing Bridget Jones. I have recently just finished school, so my first introduction to life is already looking difficult but in order to keep myself head strong this is my advice which will be altered a little to help those who aren't seventeen.
1. Learn to Accept that the Good Comes with the Bad
An ultimate life lesson that I've learnt over the past year. The yin and yang represents that both good and bad are a package deal not a pick-and-choose. If we did not experience bad, than we would not cherish the good. My dad's favorite quote says: "God, grant me the courage to change the things I can; the serenity to accept the things I cannot; and the wisdom to know the difference". In life it's important to not be ignorant but also to accept. Life lesson 1 is that everything that happens to us isn't controllable, so enjoy life for all it's ups and downs.
2. You are Given One Body, Treat It as a Temple
I'm not a firm believer in reincarnation so this is a lesson that must be learnt! Everyday our body becomes a filter for our hectic days. The factors of a stressful, long and tiring day make us lean towards easier options such as fast-food and no time for real 'me-time', let alone the required 30 minutes a day of physical exercise. Instead of telling you to go on a diet which allows you to eat almonds and makes you drink a grassy concoction, here are a few simple and easy steps. No Takeout. If you have been good treat McDonald's or KFC as a treat for extra effort. Go for a run/walk/jog at least once every two days. Not only does it get you out of the house, it's a form of exercise and therapy also. It is an age old trick to sweat the toxicities out of your body. After all, everything is in the mind, train and develop your mind and you're unstoppable. Our last two incorporate water.
Drink at least a litre of water a day. I am no doctor or physicist but water is the natural healing for our bodies. Especially if it is replaced for our binges on Coke, cordial and un-natural additives. Last but not least, your physical body is a temple - why not treat it to a long relaxing bath. Sure you may come out resembling a wrinkly prawn or sea monster but you'll feel much better for that extra bit of time to relax.
This last lesson is a difficult one to explain. In life there are counterparts to what makes us happy. For some it's food which throws out the second lesson, others it is to laze around and be a couch potato that also throws out the second lesson. This lesson interacts with the first one. In life we put emphasis on money, love, fame, friends, family and so on. This part is about enjoying the little things. Like the joy on a child's face when their puppy is brought home for the first time. Or the pride in a mother's face when their child finally 'goes for it'. Our little interests and hobbies unlock the secret to our happiness.
Of course, the secret to happiness has been there all along. Happiness is how we think. My favorite quote comes from a man, you may have heard of him, called Gandhi. He once wrote: "Man is but a product of his thoughts, what he thinks he becomes", if we think more about the good than the bad wouldn't we be much happier? Think about it, for example if we put more emphasis on the people who love us than that receptionist who gives you the stink eye every time you go into work, wouldn't we feel more appreciated. If we loved ourselves and the way we lived - wouldn't it be easier for others to love you. In 2012 I learnt that lesson. In order to be happy we must keep our minds positive but realistic that bad things happen. Sometimes as well, it's okay to treat ourselves and take care of ourselves. When this year ends, I'd like to think that I've left this year a better person than when I began it. Now it's up to you!