This past year (more this past summer) I have really tried to focus on my happiness. This may sound really bad but I have had to really work to be how happy I am now. I try and be happy all the time but the reality of it is you can not be happy all the time and that is okay. You also have to know it is okay not to always be happy. I always used to think whenever I am happy for a certain amount of time something will aways come and ruin it and that is no way to live. I still sometimes think like that. Sometimes you just have to do what is best for you no matter how selfish that is you are the only person you have fully and completely at the end of the day and if you are not happy with yourself it is going to suck and you are going to have to accept and be happy with yourself. An amazing thing happens when you get honest with yourself and start doing what you love, what makes you happy. Your life literally slows down. You stop wishing for the weekend. You stop merely looking forward to special events. You begin to live in each moment and you start feeling a whole lot better. You “just ride the wave” that is life, with this feeling of contentment and joy you move fluidly, steadily, and grateful. You have to keep a positive mindset because life is only as good as your mind set. If you are not positive nothing good will ever come out of anything because you are just focused on the bad. You just have to continue to persist through the bad and look at the good. Trust me, being happy will truly change your life. You have to strive it is always a work in progress. You have to strive everyday to make the rest of your life the best of your life. Just separate yourself from all the negativity in your life and you will be amazed at what it will do to your life and how much happier you will become.