It was just two short weeks ago that I was wondering when I was going to be back next. Part of me wished I never had to leave and that I could live every day of my life just like I had done so for the last four days.
During both the good times and the hard times, I just felt this sense of belonging and felt as if I was right where I was supposed to be. It’s not that I don’t normally feel like I belong, but this feeling was different – it was an unexplainable sense of fulfillment.
As tears began to fill my eyes, I felt saddened as I was about to leave my family behind only to return “back to reality.”
The only thoughts running through my mind as I boarded the plane were “When am I going to be back next?” and “What can I do to continue to pursue my goals while being closest to those who I love the most and living the life that I want to be living?” I didn’t know how and when I was going to be back next, all I knew is that I would be.
Everything Happens For A Reason
There are many ways to look at the events that have shaped out over the course of the last month or so. During trying times, many are finding themselves without jobs, without basic necessities to survive, and even losing those who are closest to them due to an invisible illness that the world can’t quite contain.
We have all been forced to change our lifestyles and adapt to what’s going to be best for ourselves and those around us. It is suggested that we stay inside our homes as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from people when we do go out, and to hope and pray that we will return back to a sense of normality in the next few months to come.
When the world is full of so much uncertainty and negativity, it’s incredibly easy to get sucked into its’ web. But one thing that we all have to realize is that it’s not going to do any good to fill our minds with negativity, especially when it is difficult to get out and find new ways to express the emotions that we are feeling.
As challenging as it is to comprehend during difficult and challenging times, it’s important that we remember that everything happens for a reason. It is not up for us to always know and understand what that reason is, but rather to accept it as it is bigger than the wants and needs of any one individual.
Finding Happiness During Tough Times of Uncertainty
I do now know why everything is shaping out the way it is in the world around us, nor is it for me to fully understand or comprehend why. As one individual; a small speck in this world, the only thing that I can do is to accept everything as it is and make the most out of the various situations that life throws my way.
That’s exactly what I plan on doing.
With being forced to stay at home and work remotely, I decided to make the most of this time and use it to go back to where I was three weeks ago. In a world that is currently full of chaos and negativity, I went to the place where I recently felt the most happy and free.
After some thought and hesitation about traveling, I decided to pack up my bags, grabbed my work belongings, and am now working remotely from the mountains of Midway, Utah.
Not only do I feel the same sense of freedom that I did two weeks ago – even during trying times, but I am also surrounded by those who I love the most. This is the place where I have been the happiest recently, and now, more than ever, it’s important to find a sense of happiness and fulfillment in life.
Tips For Finding Happiness During Tough Times
We are all experiencing tough times right now, and to help overcome it, a good first step is to do more of the things that make you happy in life. No matter how small the gesture might be, it is important to seek happiness as much as possible to help compensate for the negative emotions that you may be feeling.
Here are five ways to feel happier when times are tough.
1. Spend as much time as you can around those who you are closest to and those who you enjoy being around the most. You become the average of who and what you surround yourself with, so surround yourself with those who inspire you the most.
2. Be grateful for everything in life regardless of how small it may feel. No matter how bad you think you have it, there is always somebody out there who has it worse. The more grateful you are for everything you have – even the smaller things – the happier and more positive you will feel.
3. Go out of your way and do something kind for others. Give somebody a random compliment, reach out and connect with those who you haven’t talked to in a while, even do something as small as asking others how their day is going and be an ear for them to talk to.
4. Focus on the present moment. The past is the past. No matter how badly we want to change the past, we will never be able to. As for the future, the future is more uncertain than the difficulties that we are facing. The only way to find true happiness is to focus on the present moment and to appreciate it for the gift that it is.
5. Learn to loosen up on yourself and give yourself some room to breathe. The more critical you are of yourself and the more you bottle up your emotions inside of you, the more pain and misery you are going to cause yourself. Loosen up, allow yourself room to breathe, and stop beating yourself up, especially over things that you can’t control.
It’s not always easy finding happiness during tough times, but always remember to be kind to yourself. Practice self-compassion, remain patient, and know that while you may not be able to control everything in life, it all happens for a reason.
It is possible to be happy even during difficult times. You just have to be willing to find the happiness that you seek and make the most out of the very moment that you are living in. Ultimately, happiness is a choice – one that we all need to be willing to choose.