Today (March 20th) is International Day of Happiness! What a day to be alive!
I've seen quite a few studies recently regarding millennials and happiness, and many have provided me with differing, unclear results. Some say we are the generation of depression and sadness, others say that we are the generation of self-awareness. I'm no scientist, but I'd say we're a combination of both! The millennial generation has more access to resources than any other generation. The world is at our fingertips, moreso than our parents and grandparents. We can teach ourselves to do things in mere minutes with the power of the internet, and some have even called us the "learning generation." But with more power comes more responsibility, eh?
While some baby boomers may say we're whiney and have things "easy" because of the options available to us, I would argue the opposite. Expectations for us to succeed are extremely high. We're the generation of self-comparison. We parade our lifestyles around on social media, and we compare ourselves to what we see on others' Instagram pages. Does modern day technology take away from our happiness but add to our success? I would say yes.
A couple of years go, I made a vow to myself that I would make happiness my priority. For too long, I allowed others to control my happiness. It's almost effortless to place the blame on others, from work to class to friendships to love, I permitted myself to be surrounded with negativity. Several of my closest friends infiltrated my life with toxic energy, but I allowed them to stay because I thought that I could make an impact in their lives.
But here's the truth (and I'll yell it!):
You are the only one who has control over your happiness.
Bae William Shakespeare once said, "there is no good or bad in the world, but thinking makes it so." So make today the day where you vow to be happier. And here are 101 reasons why you should be!