This Surprisingly Simple Advice Is All You Need To Be Happy

So often in life, our problems can seem overwhelmingly complicated. We make elaborate pro/con lists, or consider a million different factors when trying to figure out how to feel better. And yet the best solution sometimes comes down to good old-fashioned common sense. Tyler Oakley put together this fantastic pep talk to remind us all what we need to do to be happy. We picked it for our WORDS TO LIVE BY Series—a partnership with YouTube featuring Tyler’s best videos of all time. Enjoy…

How will you know if you’re starting to over-analyze your problems again? See how many of the following points you can check off…

You’ve asked every single person in your life for advice on how to deal with a given situation.

– When someone gave you a concrete answer, you followed up with even more questions (Why do they think that, though? How do they know it’s the right decision??)

– You’ve kept yourself up at night thinking about how that one thing or person in your life is stressing you out.

– You go out of your way to make excuses for yourself or someone else.

– You have an Excel spreadsheet dedicated to what’s stressing you out.

Basically, if you find yourself doing any of the above, it’s time to take a deep breath, pull up Tyler’s pep talk again and come back to earth. Or, as Tyler says, “check thyself before thy wreck thyself.” TC mark

This post is part of the WORDS TO LIVE BY series—a partnership between Thought Catalog & YouTube. Check out the whole series here.

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Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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