16 Signs You’re Happier Than You Think

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Our personal happiness is always at the whim of our own self-sabotage if, at any given moment, we don’t feel completely overjoyed. We mistake this for genuine dissatisfaction or unhappiness. I think we are so far from accepting that happiness is not a sustained sensation of joy that sometimes, we’re happier than we think we are. Happiness means interest, it means honing in on the art of learning to just be. Sometimes we’re doing this and we don’t even realize it, and we let our minds talk us out of our own contentment with petty complaints and minor issues that we irrationally expound upon. Part of getting over this is coming to terms with the little ways our lives show us we’re happy even if we’re not conscious of it.

1. It’s not like it was– you can look back and feel gratitude and pride for getting through a rough…

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The 10 Perks Of Being A Single Lady

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1. Not Giving A F**k

Feelings are exhausting. I don’t know about you, but on the rare occasion in which I find myself in a relationship, I typically care about the person I’m dating an awful lot. “Caring” comes with a wide range of emotions to worry about. When you like/love someone, you probably give lots of fucks about what happens to them/your relationship/etc. Being single means you are not obligated to give any fucks about anyone other than yourself, and that can be thoroughly liberating.

2. FREEDOM

Sweet sweet freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want, without having to explain yourself to anyone. You want to go out with your girls Saturday night and have a couple of drinks and maybe flirt with that cute bartender? Girl, you go right ahead! You are free to do as you please. Take advantage of it!

3. Saving Money

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Six Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Own Happiness

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You won’t ask out the person you like.

Alright, this one is a freebie. Of course your life would be better if you didn’t have to constantly wonder whether your crush’s interactions with you were just them being nice or they actually are secretly in love with you and are just desperately hoping you want to make sweet, sweet love to them, too. Well, there’s only one way to find out! What’s the worst that could happen? They’ll say no, and it’ll be awkward briefly, but then you’ll move past it. No, actually, the worst that could happen is that you don’t say anything and you waste time mooning over someone without having the stones to figure out if something could come of it or not.

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You stay up all night on the Internet.

It’s midnight, and sure you could keep refreshing your newsfeed, Twitter, three different…

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10 Rules For Never Being Broke In Your 20s

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1. Appreciate what you have already.

There is always that moment — usually when you are moving, and having to put all of your earthly belongings into just a few manageable boxes — where you realize just how much crap you have managed to accumulate. We’re all little Pig-Pens, walking around with our cloud of dust, except for instead of little black lines, we’re surrounded by a bunch of clothes we never wear. So instead of running to the store to pick up another beige blazer to add a new, robust dynamic to your already-solid beige blazer collection, why not do something more constructive, like shopping your closet? Forcing yourself to reimagine the things you already own allows you to realize just how unnecessary many of your purchases actually are.

2. Do your budgeting first, the rest after.

If you don’t put away a little bit of your money…

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11 Things You Only Get To Experience When You Are Single

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1. Butterflies.

2. Jumping on your living room couch after getting *that* text.

3. Automatically having the most exciting stories/life of most of your friends.

4. Spending two hours primping before a date (what I consider to be one of the greatest activities of life).

5. Imaging the future as something new you’ve never thought about before, before you get to know all the annoying faults and character flaws of the person you’re dating.

6. Getting to experience all 32 flavors of men. It’s probably awesome to settle down forever with someone, but hopefully you get to indulge your Hot Dad or Guy From Europe fantasy first.

7. Fast-track self discovery. Nothing helps you learn about yourself more than conflict and difficult experiences. Break ups, make ups, having to figure out life all on your own- these are all more conflict + self-discovery producing than being able to sink into…

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