How do you stay happy in these difficult times?

How do you stay happy in these difficult times?

It’s the end of the year again, and the holidays are rolling in. During this time, you’re meant to be celebrating, being cheerful and happy, and enjoying your life with friends and family. Is this realistic to expect this if the year ranged from “not so great a year” to “a terrible year”?

Bad things happen in any given year. It could be a pandemic like the one the world is going through now, or it could be a natural disaster, or it could be something much more personal. Maybe you lost a job or had a pay cut, or maybe your relationships took a negative turn, or your emotional and mental health went down hill and you’re struggling to stay motivated and positive.

It so happens that the end of the year is when people start to think about everything that’s happened thus far, and for many people, it simply doesn’t look or feel like a great year. Trying to figure out how to enjoy yourself may not be the first thing that crosses your mind and may not seem like the easiest thing to do; but there are ways to go pat the bad things, at least for a while.

Focus on your friends and family

If you take the effort to spend quality time with your friends and family, you may find that they can be a source of great comfort and support, even if they don’t do or say anything specific. Find out how their year was, and find out more about what they are going through. Share with them your life this past year, and how you’re processing and handling it. You may find out you are alone in these feelings, and in the process, you may end up being the support they need as well.

This is important, especially so as people end up feeling alone and falling into depression during this period. Taking the time for other people will not just help them, but it will help you feel connected with those close to you, make you feel like you have people who care about you, and will help them as they struggle to deal with their year. In this time, you can find some measure of happiness together, and in that, maybe some measure of your own happiness will start to reveal itself.

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