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Sunday, 22 March 2015

The art of staying happy

Never make friends with an unhappy person. They tend to make your life miserable. You know how it is said, that misery loves company. It's true.

So, what do you do in when most of your friends are unhappy, and consequently negative? According to a camp I attended, let go of those friends. If your friends are negative, and are passing their sadness on to you, it's time to make new friends. I call such advice crap. Never ever listen to such foolish advice.

This isn't a way to stay happy and positive. It's a sure shot method of staying selfish. Selfishness can never bring long lasting happiness. Joy wanes in isolation; it multiplies with sharing.

Tell me, haven't you ever been unhappy in your life? We all have. So, should our friends leave us because, we rub our negativity on them? Friends stay, and help us cope at such times. That's why they are called friends.

Remember, passing on your moods work both ways. Don't let go of people because, they inflict their sadness on you. Instead, cheer them up. Let your joy rub on them. Spread positivity around you. Infect them with your happiness. This way you'll not only help your friends, but make many true friends.

The art of staying happy doesn't include shying from unhappiness. It incorporates, spreading happiness to such an extent that it bounces back at you. Real optimism lies in erasing negativity around you, not negative people.

Keep smiling!

How do you manage to stay happy? What is your secret to happiness? Do share with us.

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  1. Very positive lines! When my friends are unhappy, I try my best to cheer them up. I try to spread all my positivity to the people around. But, my negative is that I usually hide my sorrows. If ever I share, it will be with my Amma, Akka and my hubby when I am on the way to find out a solution. I don't know why I do this...

    1. Thanks Sindhu. I do that too, a lot.Yes,while making everyone happy we tend to hide our sorrows. Sometimes that can be a problem. We need to open up. While it's good to spread cheer, it's okay to be unhappy at times. We can overcome the habit too. One small step at a time.
      Have a wonderful day. :)


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