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31 December 2016

Joy.



I will not let anyone steal my joy.

"Find happiness in yourself before you look for it anywhere else."

Ever see someone smiling so hard that you think 'Damn I want some of what they're having?'
Life is a series of ups and downs, it's probably impossible to be happy all day everyday and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that! Being able to tap into all your emotions is key for mental stability however it is important to have a base of happiness that's formed by nothing else but your own being.

I love an equation so here's my little happiness formula:
Attitude + Belief + Confidence = Happiness Baseline. 

Attitude is everything. If you have a positive outlook on life its a lot easier to find the silver lining in negative situations. Things like stress and depression often stem from the way we view our situations rather than the situation themselves. Is the glass half empty or half full? Well in both situations the amount of water in the glass is the same, the only thing that's different is perception. One shows contempt because it sees something missing whilst the other shows gratitude because it sees something present. 

Belief in a higher power, in yourself and in the idea that what is meant for you will be for you, can make it a lot easier to deal with disappointment when things don't go your way. Take job applications for example, if you've graduated you probably know the struggle! You might not always get the first job you apply for, or the second or even the twentieth! And it can get to you, if you don't believe in yourself you could end up thinking 'maybe this isn't for me'. To be honest, that might be true, but it might just be you haven't applied for the right job yet - that the rejections were just preparation, practice for the main event. If you feel something deep down, a conviction that says your're supposed to be in a certain field, don't be discouraged by the no's, hold out until you get a yes. 

Finally confidence. Being aware of your greatness, your potential and all the things you are capable of is also a key component in the 'happiness equation.' Why? Because knowing that you have something to offer, will help you get up whenever life hits you a little too hard. Nothing can keep you down if you know and truly believe that you have purpose! 

Combine all three and you hold a power that cannot be taken away from you. That sense of inner peace will carry you through even the darkest of times, regardless of what is going on around you. Too often we look to other people or material objects to complete us when we should be aiming to fill the voids in order to be complete on own. Any additional joy we get elsewhere should be a bonus, not a necessity. Happiness is a state of mind, don't give temporary things the ability to strip you of that.

Go on a journey to find that inner peace, and once you do, you'll find that everyday things become a lot more enjoyable and other people will also draw from your energy. Smiles and good vibes are contagious!

Stay Blessed,
Selorm xo

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