This year when I made my resolutions of what I want to do different, change, or improve, I decided I want to be happier in 2018.

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  • Lose 10 minutes on social media every day – It’s hard, but put your phone down and step away from the computer. Take your headphones out and just walk to your next class to the sound of the hustle and bustle of students. Learn the names of the people you sit next to. Practice being more present. It is a real skill and muscle that has to be worked to resist the temptation to check your phone. 
  • Exercise – Getting out and moving your body is so, so good for mental health. First, exercising gets your blood moving and releases endorphins. You don’t have to be training for a marathon (but good on you if you are); you can go for a walk, play ultimate frisbee, have a sick dance party, or just get up and get moving.
  • Be grateful – At the end of the day before you say your evening prayers, say or write down three things you are grateful for. And you can’t use the same things everyday, unless you are being specific. Example – Monday: I am grateful for my feet that help me run quickly away from my neighbor’s crazy scary dog. Friday: I am grateful for my feet that I tripped over and ran into the cute guy in my biology class. We ended up chatting, and we are going on a date next week. Ahhh!
  • Save time for someone else everyday – Everyday look for and consciously pick someone to give service to. You don’t have to spend your money, but spend a little time on them. Write a letter, send a short and sweet text (or better call), make your roommate’s bed, do the dishes when it is not your turn, pay for the car behind you at the drive thru, or visit your grandma. Giving service will always help make whatever you are dealing with seem a little lighter.

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  • Take responsibility for your own happiness – This is easier said than done. Your happiness each day should not be determined on if some jerk cut you off in traffic, how your boss treated you, if you got a date to winter formal, or if you just found the perfect new pair of shoes. Real happiness and joy is something we choose for ourselves and take with us through the day. And true happiness is found in Jesus. If you are not happy, take time to know Him, and you will learn what happy really is.

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