I’ve always considered myself a fairly happy person but this COVID-19 hype and isolation is beginning to get to me. I miss my friends. I miss going to the mall and out to eat. I’m even missing people I don’t particularly like very much.
You are not alone. As this COVID-19 drags on, many are finding it difficult to stay upbeat. It is important to do so, however. Since the 1990s, a whole branch of psychology—positive psychology—has been dedicated to pinning down what happiness is and propagating it. Basically, happiness is a choice. Happiness is a choice. It’s as simple as that. People who are rich often are not happy; many who are poor often are happy. It is a state of mind. You can feel sorry for yourself and for the situations life has thrown at you. But you are also capable of not allowing these events to influence your positive outlook on life. If you choose to be happy, nothing will ever be able to reduce your level of long-term happiness. More tomorrow.