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First, LAUGH at your very own mistakes and misfortunes
If you take yourself too seriously, the slightest mistake will make you miserable. There is nothing wrong in striving for high standards, however, to err is human, and we must understand this to keep ourselves grounded and sane. Mistakes are meant to be learnt from and try to find the humorous side of it. I am sure there are times you have looked back at the past and had a good laugh at something that was, at the time, downright embarrassing. Don’t wait until it has passed but laugh at the mishap now.
Secondly, Bring out the child in you.
Ah, the joys of childhood, when the only thing that mattered was doing homework or not getting caught stealing cookies… when The simplest toy would bring hours of pleasure or watching your favourite cartoon. Remember those times? Just sitting down reminiscing about childhood days can bring a smile to your heart. Or even, going out and buying your favorite ice-cream and watching a nice cartoon on TV. You are not restricted to mature shows because you are an adult. A children’s show can be just as entertaining. But you know, actually keeping company with children can bring you happiness. Go to the playground and watch the children having fun. Visit a Children’s home and carry toys or other necessities for them or just spend time reading a story for them. All these can take away the pain or depression you may be feeling.
Thirdly, List all your Achievements
What were some of your best achievements that made you happy? Passing your first math test? Scoring your first goal? Graduating from college? Sit down and make a list of all the things you have ever achieved in your lifetime. When you do this you will realize how talented and unique you are. One thing I have realized is that people who are not academically inclined, usually have a talent to compensate. I had a friend who hated school, but loved cars. He now has his own garage fixing cars and is doing quite well. Find that one thing you love and do something with it. Don’t give up and when you have accomplished what you set out to do, there will be no words to express the joy you will feel.
Fourthly, Counsel and help others.
There is a saying that goes something like “when you think you have problems, there is someone who has more than you”.
If you think you have problems, think again. There is someone out there worse off than you. One of the ways to take your mind off of your own concerns is to listen to others – and help them find solutions. There are so many people out there who need help. Some of the people who were victims of Hurricane Sandy need a lot of help. They have lost homes and lifetime belongings. If it is possible, find a way to help those victims, in whatever small way you can, and experience the feeling of satisfaction and happiness that this will bring.