Are you happy? If you answered no, or "I don't know", read this article.
Being happy hasn't been the easiest task for centuries now. Especially today, high school students have the same anxiety levels as psychiatric ward patients from the 1980's, doesn't that make you think what the anxiety levels of the patients are presently?
Obviously you can't just wake up happy, you have to work to get there. Eliminate all the negative things in your life, such as a mean friend, who only points out your flaws and is never there for you. If you're doing a class or project just to make someone else happy, but you don't like it, forget about it!
All you have to do to become happy is to be yourself. Who cares what other people think about you? You might now, but once you've gotten rid of all the nasty things in your life, you can start to focus more on yourself and improving.
Maybe you don't like your body, so work towards reaching your goal! Nothing ever comes to people who don't do anything and lie back and let the world pass them by, so get up, get moving, and get happy.
Now, as you probably already know, it's easier said than done. So, taking some tips from others around you that you know will benefit you in such a way to make you happy, I say go for it.
Don't be afraid to ask for help once in a while. If school work is stressing you out, raise that hand and ask what you need to know the answer to, or, if you're too shy and nervous to do that in front of the class, stay behind and ask your teacher the question then. Like I said earlier, nothing comes to those who don't do anything.
Before you go thinking, "what does this crazy bat know about not being happy?", let me tell you, I haven't always been the cheerful person I am now. Just like you, I was like that. Never going out and having fun, letting every fun opportunity pass me by because I didn't want to be a burden on anyone, and me or anything for that matter thinking in that way is stupid.
You have to love yourself before others can love you. Did your last relationship fail? If you answered yes, maybe that's because you don't love yourself. When you start to love yourself, you can finally believe the compliments and understand why so many people think you're amazing just the way you are. You don't have to change for anyone, you just need to see yourself in more of a positive light.
A wise man once told me to every day, look in the mirror and instead of picking out 10 flaws about myself, pick out 10 things I like about myself. So instead of saying that you could lose a few pounds, which let me tell you, you definitely don't, tell yourself how cute you look in those new jeans, or the way you did your hair that day compliments the shape of your face amazingly. Being negative towards yourself is only going to make matters worse, and from my personal experience, no one likes to be around someone so negative that they bring others down.
With that all said, never think that you're less than perfect. There's always going to be a group of bitchy people who don't like you, and that's fine, it happens everywhere, but what you need to do is remember how many people love you and how terrible it would be for them if you died.
After reading this article and following the advice I gave you, ask yourself "are you happy?" again.
You are beautiful and you are strong. Never forget that.