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No Switch? No problem.
As much as we’re curious, not everyone can hop in on the Animal Crossing fun because we’re not all capable of shelling out the moolah for a Nintendo Switch. The good thing is that there are other video games that give off ...
 
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They're so ~aesthetic~.
We all have different ways of coping. You’ve probably tried making Dalgona coffee several times as an added arm workout. By now, it’s highly likely you’ve got DIY bangs, and TBH, we’re happy that you’re stepping out of your comfort zone and trying ...
 
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For when you just need to zone out for a bit.
Living in the Philippines means playing the game of life on extra-difficult mode—but the past few weeks have been something else entirely. If you want to zone out for a bit and quiet down all the scary thoughts, you can check out ...
 
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Adorable Home is low-key addicting!
Waking up extra early to drag ourselves to school every single weekday is no fun. We’d much rather just stay home with our pets and put some Netflix on. Sadly, that can never be the case IRL, but the dream life still can happen ...
 
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We're sure they'd appreciate these non-game gift ideas just as much!
Gaming is a serious sport, and while our gamer friends would love to get their hands on as many video games as they can, we're sure they'd appreciate these gift ideas just as much.Kotaku news editor Jason Schreier gives you a behind-the-scenes ...
 
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It's the best time to pick up a new hobby and put those notebooks to use.
Admit it, we’re probably not the only ones with a pile of extra ~cute~ but painfully unused notebooks quietly stacked on our study tables. While they’re pretty to look at, maybe it’s time you dust off the cobwebs and actually use them ...
 
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Getting tired of the eat-sleep-repeat life?
Have you ever been sooo bored that you started taking every online quiz on the Internet? Or scrolling through the ends of Facebook, reacting to every single dog post? Because SAME. Vacations are really tricky, it is given to us so that ...
 
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It takes a lot of work, but anyone can pull it off if they're passionate about it!
From the days of institutions like Polidread to the current wave of internationally-acclaimed personalities like Jin, local cosplay (short for “costume play”) has become a huge movement that has created a vast community crossing different fandoms and genres. Cosplay competitions are a ...
 
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Bookworms, rejoice!
Reading isn't just making you gain new insights and learnings. A study from the Kingston University in London featured on The Independent suggests that it's also turning you into a pretty chill, all-around great person.Results based on a survey done on 123 people ...
 
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Shoot arrows at this archery range in Ortigas Center.
If you're a fan of The Hunger Games movie and book series, then you've probably fantasized about shooting an arrow through a bow a la Katniss Everdeen. Thankfully, there are places in the metro like Gandiva Archery that will turn your fantasy ...
 
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From what to name your blog to styling photos for your posts, brush up on the essentials here.
Blogging can be a great pastime but starting without a clear plan can get you nowhere fast, here are some basic points to mull over to get you started.Naming your blog maybe as simple as combining your passion with your name, but ...
 
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Or if you badly need a break.
Need a break from crying yourself to sleep or from the busy life you're living? Maybe you just need to do something new or discover a new place, and get to know yourself better—sort of rediscover who you are. Need help how ...
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Serene Fae 2 days ago

"The paradoxical idea of attaining a happier life and how to withstand these beliefs."

The Revolting Truth About Happiness by Theserenefae

If people ask you about your vision of a happier life we automatically envision ourselves having more money, true love, a better job, Instagram-worthy vacations, etc. But let me break this to you this, According to Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and the voice behind The Happiness Lab podcast, "Most of the goals we think would make us happy do not really make us happy." And why is that? Simple, being happy is all in our minds. The human mind ploys us with these lenses on how we envision ourselves and our lives to be happy. The perception of "having" or "gaining" is the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. So how can we really be "happy"?

• Seek happiness inside you. This is a quintessential reason for our vision of happiness: misconceptions about having a lot of money would make me happy; owning this and that would make me happy; entering a relationship would make me happy. This is not the case, if you want to be truly happy with your relationship, you have to be already happy on your own. If you want satisfaction from others, you have to be satisfied with yourself. And so on.

• Fill that hole righteously We all have that tiny hole inside our hearts, tampering it with temporary band-aids. Fill this hole with purpose. Have you ever heard about The Three "M's"— Master, Mission, and Mate? Define who will be your Master, is it God? If that's so, your Mission could be following his words and will. Mate would be the last for they will be the best companion to fulfill your mission. Now hear me out, it is important to do this accordingly. We often times jumble it or invert it which can lead to failures.

• Give gifts to others. The wonderful grace in giving. There’s nothing like the rush of pure joy when you get a chance to give. However, this may not be something that we're used to. But apparently, openhandedness is our soul's true shape. As Eugene Peterson put it, "Giving is what we do best. It is the air into which we were born." This doesn't necessarily mean we have to give away our stuff but we can also present love, kindness, gratefulness, etc. in our own simplest ways to anyone such as giving time, encouragement, helping hand, or even forgiveness. Try giving and you'll receive inconceivable gifts in return.

• Savor moments. Savoring deeply intensifies our positive emotions while doing something that we love the most by simply stepping outside of the experience to review and appreciate the moment. You can practice this by having a delicious meal, reading a good book, or any activity that you enjoy and love. It can also be enhanced by sharing these experiences with others, appreciating such amazing moments, or staying present the entire time.

• Choose to Love Deeper Today's society relentlessly pressures all of us to have this "perfect" lifestyle such as pursuing careers that drain you, finding value through virtual world and purchases, letting achievements become your whole identity, and yet after all that you still feel empty and failure inside. Consumption is just skin deep—a shallow perception of happiness. Deep life brings the best out of us and others. It is about nourishing what you already have, focusing on the relationships than material wealth, becoming vulnerable at times, and being self-aware.

• Understand that Sufferings and Pain are part of Human Being. Always remember that loneliness and sufferings are inevitable. That is completely how life goes. You may be happy for a moment or a month but sooner or later great tribulation will start to kick in. Combat despair with graciousness. Count all the blessings that you have (and will have in near future, claim it!) by writing it down on a piece of paper or typing on your phone. Viola! an instant boost for happiness. We all know the fact that this superficial happiness won't work, but why do I keep on wanting? I already have all this wisdom about how to be happy for ages, but why can't I apply it to my own life?

First, you have to understand that simply knowing doesn't change your behavior. Care to realize that all the tips that I have mentioned are all verbs? Because at the end of the day, it is all about how you choose to be happy and initiate actions towards success. Know, reflect, visualize, believe, and do something about it. All of these are Actions! This is the secret of all the happiest and most influential people in the world—actions. Furthermore, do know that some of these tips do not work instantly most of the time. It requires a lot of time, motivation, consistency, and effort. I do know it's easier said than done. Take each of them slowly, one step at a time.

If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be alive. It may sound contradictory, but it’s true. Pain reminds me that I can feel, along with other emotions. Pain reminds me that I can heal, just like how I did in the past. Pain reminds me that I am strong and I can do better. It reminds me that life can be bitter, and it is up to us to make it a little sweeter (or saltier, depending on what the person wants).

With this epiphany, I take pain in a positive light. It’s normal that it can break me and make me want to stay in bed all day, but having someone or something remind me that there is hope is enough. It’s normal that I cry my heart out, but it’s important to remember that there’s a calm after the storm. If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be who I am now. It has shaped me and how I look at things. It has changed the way I approach circumstances that can challenge me and my beliefs.

Pain, back then, made me cower in the dark. Pain used to be my biggest fear, and I used to do my best to avoid pain. However, I realized that avoiding pain is like avoiding life. Because of how I wanted to protect myself, I closed myself off to people and opportunities. I used to tell myself that “this will end badly”, or “this is going to hurt in the end”. I always focused on how much pain I might endure in the end that I forgot to enjoy the process.

It’s inevitable, you see? Endings, most of the time, may hurt. It’s natural for us to grow attached to someone or something, and their disappearance might bring us a lot of pain. However, one should always remember that the pain is a reminder of how close you became, how many memories you had. If it wasn’t for pain, life would be pointless. If it wasn’t for pain, we would be nothing.

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