The Science of Happiness

 

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Today, I took the Pursuit of Happiness quiz to see just how happy I was.

The quiz takes you through 13 questions that help measure your happiness. After the quiz you’re given a number between 0-115 points with 115 being the highest level of happiness you can achieve.

Under your number, theres a link that will lead you to tips that can help you on your journey to becoming a happier person. 🙂

Click the link below to take the quiz, too!

http://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org/science-of-happiness/happiness-quiz/

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Procrastination

Procrastination – Putting off an activity that was planned or scheduled, for activities that are of a lesser importance. 

We’re all guilty of it.

Some surveys of student populations show that almost 90% of students say they have some problem associated with procrastination. Being a “procrastinator” can lead you to miss certain important events, not pay bills on time, and can negatively effect emotions.

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According to the Procrastination Research Group at Carleton University, 94% of people believe that procrastination can have a negative impact on their happiness. It can lead you to having feelings of guilt and regret for not completing a task until it was last minute.

Getting into a good mindset, avoiding procrastinating at all cost, and taking control of your actions can help you to stay on top.

With Love,

Kelsey

 

Think Positive

It’s November!

Time for you to start overcoming any negativity in your life, and start preparing for the coming of a new year. A new year brings new opportunities, a fresh start, and more positive thinking.

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I’ve been searching for some different ways to help me overcome my negative thoughts. Here’s a few tips that have helped me tremendously so far:

  1. Begin your days with a positive start. 

The first few hours after waking up sets tone for how the rest of your day will go. If your day has a bad start, it’s very hard to turn it back around. Try starting your day by doing something that makes you happy, or have a positive quote sitting on the side of your bed.

  2. Let it out – don’t hold in your feelings.

Bottling things up doesn’t work. When I keep my negative feelings in, I usually end up lashing out on the people I care about most. Talk to someone you’re close to and vent to them. This may give you a more clear perspective on how you’re feeling.

3. Be grateful!

There’s someone else that has it worse than you do. Remind yourself of all the things that benefit you and make you happy. Not everyone can afford three meals a day, or have a place to call home.

With Love,

Kelsey

 

 

 

 

 

Loving Yourself Before Others Love You

 

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Don’t depend on others for your happiness. 

This took me a very long time to figure that out, up to about 6 months ago honestly. I’ve always been the person to jump from relationship to relationship, trying to find that perfect person that will turn my life around and give me the “happily ever after” that almost every girl hopes for.

If you’re like how I was, don’t be. Take your time and love will find you. Don’t go into a relationship hoping that it will fix you because in the end if you solely depend on that person for happiness, what will you do if one day they’re not there anymore?

Learn how to love yourself. Find things that make you happy. Get a hobby, join a club, start yoga classes – do what you want to do and have friends that will stand by your side. Once you find yourself, you’ll know that when you do get into a relationship and things don’t work out, you will be okay.

With love,

Kelsey

 

 

Do What You Love – Picking Your Career

It’s not easy to choose what you want to do for the rest of your life at the age of 18. On average, 50 to 70 percent of students change their major at least once during their time in college. Yes, making money is the main goal after college, but if you’re not happy while making the money, is it actually worth it? 

After high school, my mom tried her hardest to convince me to go to school for nursing, because it’s guaranteed money once you leave college. Though nursing is a great major and super important, I knew I would not be happy or have fun doing it. Once I discovered Nicholls had a mass communications program, my heart was set.

This past May I began interning for Amps Events, which is an EDM concert promoter that has been bringing world class live events to New Orleans for nearly 20 years. Since I started, I can’t imagine myself wanting to do anything else with my life. With my exceptional love for music and desire for wanting to be apart of something much bigger than myself, I know for sure that this is something I can do for the rest of my life.

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Here’s 4 reasons why you should love what you do for a living: 

1. You’ll feel more motivated, inspired, and productive.  

2. You will be an inspiration to those who are still figuring out their career path.  

3. You will a have a bigger chance at succeeding, rather than those who don’t enjoy their career.

4. You’ll feel a sense of fulfillment.

With love,

Kelsey

 

“A job that you love … gives you extra motivation to meet your goals, and when you do, the sense of accomplishment is outstanding” – Mansanari Arai, CEO and co-founder of Kii Corporation.

Get to Know Your Feelings

“Feelings are what we have the most of and know the least about; handle them or they will handle you.”

Being an avid user of youtube, some of my favorite things to do is watch someone talk about things that are relatable to myself. It reminds me that I’m not the only one who feels or thinks these certain things.

TEDx is an international community that organizes events and invites speakers to talk about their experiences. Mandy Saligari, the speaker in the video below, went through treatment for her mental health problems and addiction in the early 1990’s. Since she has become a therapist herself, in hopes to help people who are going through what she went through.

“What is your ability to receive? What is your ability to say ‘I need help’?” – Mandy Saligari

With Love,

Kelsey

Pets with Benefits

How Having a Pet Can Make You a Healthy Person

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My favorite part about arriving home is the overwhelming love I am welcomed with by my three beautiful kitties. I knew that having them would be great because I’d always have someone there, but I’ve recently learned that they can benefit me in many other ways as well.

In one study done in 2011 involving 217 people, it was shown that pet owners showed a greater self-esteem, were less lonely, were more outgoing and physically fit, and portrayed a healthier relationship style than non-pet owners. Crazy right?

So next time you think that you need a person to fill that emotional void, think again. Pets can not only make a great companion, but also improve your happiness, well-being, and health.

With Love,

Kelsey