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Teen Talk

February 23, 2013

On the Go: Don't let happiness hibernate

When was the last time you did something for the first time? When did you last smile? When did you last laugh out loud? When did you lose track of time just chatting with someone? When did you last learn something new? 

In this season of cold, mud and neutral colors, happiness can sometimes hibernate. If you know where to look and keep your eyes open for new places, happiness will jump out of hiding and give you a quick kiss on the cheek.

Happiness isn’t perfection. Happiness is letting little bursts of good paint the day for you. For instance, every morning my alarm clock screams a wake-up call. This does not make me happy. When I press snooze and snuggle under my cozy blankets for nine more minutes, however, I’m happy.

Happiness is learning, discovering and appreciating new things. I made the connection a month or so ago about the reason I feel colder when I first climb in my bed at night than when I’m standing next to it about to get in. It is because the atoms in my sheets are closer together than the atoms in the air so they absorb more energy, leaving me chillier. It’s a scary thing to realize chemistry is seeping into your brain at bedtime but epiphanies make me happy.

Smiling and laughing are universal expressions of happiness. A baby learns to smile and laugh before he has his first birthday; clearly it is an important part of life. Even on dark, dreary, ugh-I-hate-the-world days, a reason to smile or laugh can be found. 

Laugh at your frizzy hair or your friend’s corny joke. Smile at the cashier or when you finally find an F chord your stubborn fingers can play well on the guitar or when someone smiles at you. You should almost always smile back. When I smile at someone and they stare blankly back I want to stomp my foot and take back my smile.

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