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Spring into Happiness: Turn off Facebook!

What makes you happy? Whether your job, spouse, family or money make you happy, take a moment today and count your blessings. We live in a new era where almost everything about each others lives are splattered all over Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets alike. It can often portray a blurred sense of reality of what should really make you happy. Take a break from the minutes you spend scrolling through the lives of others and go outside for a hike or run. Take a walk around the block to clear your head and breathe in fresh air. Life tends to throw us curve balls and it's important to take inventory on what makes us happy by prioritizing the little things that make us smile.

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We are so bombarded by the daily reminders of how glamorous other peoples lives are and this constant advertisement of what's real can frequently put you down in the dumps. If you're not exactly where you want to be in life, just remember everyone's journey is different, filled with various obstacles and many uphill battles. Call your mom and dad, sister or grandma and ask about their day. Simply smile at a stranger and offer a good deed to someone struggling. You'll be amazed at the beauty received from doing something so effortless. Now I know it's not always easy to shut all the negativity out of your life or quickly change an unfortunate situation you might be in. It's painfully irritating when you're around someone who is ridiculously happy all the time or doesn't seem to display any raw feelings of disappointment. I went through a pretty dark tunnel where I questioned if I would ever see the light. Trust me, it comes when you least expect it and start doing things you enjoy. Take a yoga class, put healthier foods in your body and veer away from analyzing others people lives. They, too went through bumps in the road to arrive at their current destination of happiness. No one is handed happiness on a platter.

So on this first day of Spring and a day to celebrate happiness, try to step outside your comfort zone and shut down Facebook (after you read this of course). Make a list of the things you're grateful for in your life. You will be surprised at the endorphins that begin flowing your way as you change your mentality. Brush the anxiety and negative energy away; life's too short and you could be gone tomorrow.

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