Happiness tips for disillusioned people

Posted on September 14, 2015

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You are a dark cloud. You look into the mirror and see the abyss staring back at you. Everything you ever believed in is to be questioned. You are desperate for a sign that not everything in the world is hopeless. You are nothingness. You are disillusioned.

For those of you living in a bright sunshine-happy world completely devoid of emptiness and desperation, imagine that feeling of finding a tub of ice cream only to find out that it contains fish. Imagine seeing pictures of food in the restaurant menu and getting the substandard, sorry version of reality. Very, very disappointing, isn’t it? But even though it feels like the sunshine has been drained out of everything, you still have to make sure that your day doesn’t end up sadder than usual. Here are a few tips for people who aren’t exactly up for a merrier life, but don’t want to succumb to hopeless despair either.

  1. Drink a nice, hot beverage. Coffee, tea, the boiled tears of your enemies…it doesn’t matter. A warm hug in the stomach always helps.
  2. Immerse yourself in books and movies. Not the deep, depressing ones. Try light, comedic stuff. But sometimes, even that kind of stuff feels fake and insulting. In that case, I guess it’s fine to watch Les Miserables and pause at dramatic Eponine scenes and reflect. And then you’ll cry, and then you’ll realize that you’ve spent an hour paused at that scene and then you give up finishing the entire fucking film. Anyway, reading books and watching films give people a sense of security and control – a welcome escape from the unknown that is crippling their lives.
  3. Stay out of Facebook where people post about how great their lives are all going. You’ll find more disenchanted people on Twitter or Tumblr, and you won’t have to worry about your relatives realizing that you might actually need a therapist.
  4. If you’re restless enough, try cleaning your room. Or arrange your book/DVD/herbal medicine collection. At least give yourself the illusion that you are in control of your life.
  5. Do not stalk your romantic interest/s. If you can help it.
  6. Manage your finances. And realize that your paycheck probably isn’t enough to buy yourself a new device or two.
  7. Watch trashy reality TV. If you’re miserable about your life, at least you can take joy in knowing that at least you’re not stupid enough to do what 90% of reality stars are doing.
  8. Watch cute animals on YouTube.
  9. Coddle your pets even if they just want you to go away.
  10. Plant some things, or grow a garden. A vegetable garden can be pretty useful in the event of an apocalypse.
  11. Learn a new language.
  12. Play an instrument.
  13. Cook something.
  14. Tell your parents you will pay the bills.
  15. Don’t listen to depressing music.
  16. Or if you should, go ahead, but give yourself a good hour or two to cry it out. Try not to extend.
  17. Play some games. Or try knitting. They pretty much have the same level of stimulation.
  18. Do your laundry.
  19. Randomly chat your friends.
  20. Spend your free time the way you want to, not the way others think you should. Stop feeling insecure over not “living” enough. It’s your life. You decide how to live it. It doesn’t matter if everyone is out there partying their asses out or having a life or something, you don’t have to go out if you don’t want to. If you don’t feel like doing it, then don’t. You can go have a life when you finally realize that you’ve done enough loser-ing for the week. It’s okay. They are doing them. You go do you. Some people are meant for the clubs, and some are meant for the retirement homes. You go make it one hell of a retirement home and be yourself. Being yourself is an act of deviance, and it’s cool to be a bit rebellious. And always remember: just because you’re disillusioned doesn’t mean you don’t get to have your own fun. The world will crumble into nothing anyway, so might as well enjoy it while it lasts.
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