We recently finished a unit in my Healthy Living class all about stress and happiness. Stress is actually split up into two different forms: distress, and eustress. Distress is the negative, tension-filled stuff that takes up most of my life. Eustress is the positive stress, the kind that prepares you for the next challenge. (Side note: Isn’t it interesting that the negative definition has more information than the positive?) I believe that you can change most forms of distress into eustress. After all, “Men are that they might have joy!”
There is a very specific way that I hope to achieve eustress in all things: Happiness. The one and only way I can see to feel eustress about distressful situations is to find what makes me happy, and then do it!
What is it that makes people happy? Or, we could go even deeper and define happiness. Happiness is a personal thing, and not everyone feels happiness the same way or achieves happiness the same way. The happier people are, the better they will handle stress. I think that this is because they see the light at the end of the sometimes scary, stressful tunnel. They know that it is all going to be a-okay.
Trials are blessings, if we can see them as such.
So take time. Figure out what bring your happiness in your life!
Guest Post by Shelley Williams
Shelley Williams is studying Public Relations at Utah Valley University and works in the Publishing Services Department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is a cat-enthusiast, expert first-dater, and amateur free style rapper.