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Be Happy

by Delaney Ray | Feb 21, 2018
I, personally, have had a seriously rough past few months. I had a break from this when I went to Ireland for three months and had a blast, but when I came home, I returned to hard times. I won’t go into the details of my own personal time; but I am sure that all of you, at one point or another, have experienced something very similar. Through this, I have realized that the majority of my hard time has come from the way that I react to certain situations and what I allow to get under my skin. I read a quote yesterday that hit me hard and I now have it as my phone screensaver: “You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.” As soon as I read the quote, it dawned on me that if we can find a way to alter our point of view on the various events in our lives, maybe, just maybe, things will improve. Now, to clarify, I am not implying that any of you are the cause of the bad in your life nor that changing your point of view will be the magic trick that fixes everything; but I am simply asking you all to consider it and attempt this point of view change. For me, I have simply decided to try to be happy. It took me a while to fully determine what that involves, but I finally figured it out, and I know I will need to actively work on it every day. It’s not easy. I didn’t just decide to be happy and then like a magician performing a magic trick all my troubles went poof into thin air! It’s a lot of work. But it’s absolutely 100% totally worth the work! Talk to people you trust, maybe friends, family, or reach out to our counselors on campus (they are amazing!). Surround yourself with people who want to see you at your best happy-self and work on your personal selves! Good luck my fellow stressed students, and just know that you are not alone!


Delaney Ray '19 is a Psychology and Sociology double major with a minor in Criminal Justice. She works as a Student Orientation Leader and a Library Desk Assistant in addition to blogging for MU. She never thought she would be a blogger, and her dream job is to work for the FBI in the behavioral unit.