Every now and then, we need to sit back and evaluate our lives. What are we doing with ourselves? How do we feel about things? Are we satisfied with our lives?
The college years can be stressful. There is just so much to do and so much to worry about all of the time. But every now and then, we have to re-adjust ourselves to appreciating the little things in life to live better overall.
Nature gives us an instant break from the real world.
Take a trip off-campus and just relax. Don’t bring your phone or any electronics. Just sit back and soak it all in. Take a deep breath and forget about everything.
Bring a friend and something to sit on if you want. Conversation can be one of the most underappreciated arts in the modern world. There is just something serene about watching the life around you simply exist.
A field, perhaps some woods, a lake or a hiking trail can be found close to nearly any campus.
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Prioritize the things you worry about. Trim what isn’t truly important.
What you heard somebody say about you isn’t going to matter in a year, let alone in the long run of life. Worry about your grades, your happiness, and your friends.
Way too often I will have somebody come to me ranting about a problem for hours, until they realize how insignificant the problem really is. Why spend time stressing when you can be out enjoying a nice ice cream cone? Thinking is the cure to so much.
Be nice and do good things for people. You’ll feel better.
Buy somebody a sandwich every now and then. Let’s be honest, I’m sure many of us (myself included) can spare a couple of bucks that we would be wasting every week anyway.
Even a little gesture of kindness goes a long way in living a happier life. A smile and thank you feel like a great reward for holding a door open for somebody.
Go through a minor inconvenience to help out a friend every now and then. You’ll feel good about it, and a good friend will appreciate it and return the favor.
Take the time to appreciate everything around you.
Be thankful for what you have, and you’ll realize you think less about what you don’t have.
The hours you spend playing Xbox could be spent hanging out with a friend just talking, or tossing a football.
Enjoy socializing with the thousands of people college has to offer, because everybody offers something unique. Who knows what kinds of friends you will make and the adventures and opportunities that will come along.
I came into a college of 44,000 strangers, and have already been to other continents with some of them.