High school can be a stressful time for some people. And there are times where it feels like staying happy is a lost idea. But it isn't. Though high school is tough, it is not impossible to. Staying happy in high school can be accomplished by following a few simple tactics. One: Avoid drama. The high school years are full of social drama. Friends fighting, gossip, dating, all of it can quickly consume you. Try to keep as far away from it as possible. There is nothing wrong to being a shoulder to cry on, or to give an opinion on a relationship problem. But if you let it become too big of a part of your life, then it will become all that matters. And trust me, it will make your life miserable. All the fighting and the drama will get to you and it will ruin your high school years. So do yourself a favor and avoid it as much as possible. Two: Focus on yourself and what you want. In high school, teachers, parents, and counselors are going to tell you a lot of things. Things about what you should be doing in high school, things about your future and how to prepare for it. They are going to tell you what you need to accomplish, what they think you should do after high school, as a career, etc. Truth is, they are not you. You know yourself better than anyone else knows you. You know what you want, and you know what is best for you. Other people can suggest and advise, but if you try to listen to everyone, then you are going to suck yourself dry. Focus on what you know you want to do. You know what is best for you. High school is where you decide what you want to do with your future. You make the decision, and you do what is best to make that decision happen. Do not let other peoples' expectations fall on you. Third: RELAX! High school is stressful. All the social drama and the curriculum can pile up and if you let it all get to you, then it will destroy your high school time. Yes, there is a lot to do and yes it seems like there is very little time. It seems as though everything you know is coming to an end and before you know it high school will be over and it is on to the real world. This, unfortunately, is true. A lot of people can't wait to get out of high school, but truthfully, a lot of those people look back on high school as the best time of their lives. High school is short, and you are only there once. So enjoy it. Don't let the stress of everyday life ruin the big picture. You will never again be here, so take a deep breath, step back, and relax. Sometimes, staying happy in high school seems impossible. But don't worry, it is not. You just need to breathe and remember: it is just high school.