Saturday, February 6

Top Tips for a Happy Life #2

Hello everyone! This week's 'Top Tip for a Happy Life' comes in the form of a quote from Mark Twain: "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer someone else up". Isn't that just the truth?

Personally, I know that my biggest stresses in life are usually caused by other people. By that I don't mean that everyone I know is a nuisance, just that I tend to take on other people's problems, feel other people's guilt/stress/misery... I would say it's one of the biggest causes of anxiety for me.

A friend of mine once said I have 'second child syndrome', which is to say that where the first child is responsible for carving out the way, the second child takes on the responsibility for other people-- to the point where they get wound up when other people don't take up the same mantle.

That being said, it does mean that when things go right for other people, I absorb some of their happiness too. If I know I've played a part in making someone's day better, it usually makes my day a whole lot better too. Smiles are contagious, as the saying goes.

I hope my posts have been cheering you up :)
Until next time,

1 comment:

  1. Preach lol! I feel that I take on other peoples problems sometimes and that can end up making me feel hollow. I also understand that to be able to put a smile on someones face is an amazing feeling.I love the quote and illustrations! - Becky x