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I love the excitement and anticipation of starting a new school year. To me, the fall semester feels a lot like New Years of the second half of the year. You get a clean slate, set new goals, or maybe live in a new place. I also love the new classes and the bustle of student mobs between classes.  I know fall semester is in full swing now, but I wanted to share five tips to make and keep this semester a happy one for you.

  1. Set specific times to only say nice things. I have two friends that walk together in the mornings, and they made a pact that when they walk together, they only talk about happy nice things about themselves, family, friends, boys, whatever. If you have gotten in a depressive slump, you may have unintentionally made the habit to pick apart your day or yourself on your way home. Try making your drive or walk home your “only nice things time.”
  2. Have a happy song that you love and play it ALL the time. The song “Have it All” by Jason Mraz has been mine for the last few weeks. If you haven’t heard it, stop right now, pull it up, then continue reading. A few years ago, I was having a hard time focusing on the good in the mornings, so I made the song “Everything is Awesome” from “The LEGO Movie” my alarm. It was silly; but it helped. I’ve never turned my alarm off so fast.
  3. Make an anti-gossip club. President Uchtdorf’s advice on gossip is—stop it. Tell your close friends. And if you get the itch to share something about someone else’s life, remember their life is not your story to tell.
  4. Take a sugar second. Before you start writing an essay, before a big test, or before you begin your shift at work with your manager who never has anything nice to say, pause, take a deep breath, and decide if you are going to make this a positive experience for yourself or not. Your happiness is your decision.
  5. Take out your headphones between classes, and smile at people.

Now, I haven’t had a “new fall semester” since I finished my bachelor’s degree, but these still apply in any semester of life.

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