How Can I Feel Happier?
How can I feel more excited about my life? My world feels kind of empty. It’s my 18th birthday tomorrow and all I want to do is feel happier about it.
Maddie, 18 years old
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I can remember blowing out the candles on my birthday cake and making a wish to be happy. I did this every year for quite a while until I realised something important.
I have the ability to choose my life and do what makes me happy.
Until then, I had spent a long time trying to do the right thing and never feeling good enough. This didn’t work as a long-term happiness strategy. It never does.
Turning 18 is just the start of your adult life and it’s up to you to make it a life that counts.
Look for ways you can make a difference, help others and make the world a better place. Focus on your passions and if you don’t know what they are yet, go out and try lots of new things so you can work it out.
You have an important role to play in life and it’s up to you to work out what that is. Think of it as an adventure. You don’t know where the final destination but get ready to explore a lot of things along the way.
Stop waiting for someone to make you happy or give you all the answers. You need to do the journey to find out what your happiness looks like.
Happy birthday Maddie! Now your real adventure begins.
Lots of love,
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