On Future Happiness

Over on The Daily Post (if you blog and haven’t checked it out, do so), they have what’s known as The Daily Prompt. Recently, I went through their prompt archive and found some past prompts that I connected with. I’ve decided to share one of those prompts and my response here.

Here’s the original prompt: “What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received that you wouldn’t give to anyone else? Why don’t you think it would apply to others?”

I’ve decided to edit it a bit, because there’s a piece of advice that I’ve had stuck in my head for weeks, and I think it would apply to anyone that reads it. Here’s my version: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?10426174_10205755889959146_6345853177011486670_n

This advice was given to me by a fellow square dancer. The first two times he told me, I forgot it before I could write it down. The third time, I made sure to commit it to memory:

“Never let your saddest day in the future be any sadder than your happiest day in the past.”

This advice can also be a blessing, if you change the “Never let” to “May.” 

It’s not the most practical advice, but I think it makes you aware of how you’re living your life.

Our happiness is influenced by many situations and factors that are out of our control. Depression can seriously damage your happiness, and with it, being happy is easier said than done. That’s partly why I connect to this advice.

I like things that make you think and things that are active, and this advice is definitely a call to action. It’s not always feasible, but it makes you examine your life to prioritize things to make you happy.

Though it may not always happen, you can always use this advice as a goal or guideline. Being able to reflect on your life and actively trying to change things for the better is part of being an adult, in my young opinion.

So even though there will likely be days in my future that are sadder than my happiest day in the past, I can always work towards a happier future.

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