“Old age is no place for sissies.” – Bette Davis
Happy Is As Happy Does
Happiness is not bestowed upon us; happiness is the result of actively seeking things that make us feel good and choosing to appreciate life even in its darkest hours.
Those who rely on people, objects, or ideal circumstances to make them happy will probably never find solace or contentment in their lives. Nobody OWES you happiness – not your friends, not your family, not God, and not society as a whole. It is only in coming to terms with the reality that you and you alone are responsible for your happiness that you can then succumb to the surprising ease and power of which it can afford.
Clearly, this concept is easier said than done. Factors such as terrible circumstances or the shackles of depression and anxiety (both beyond your control) aren’t easily mitigated by “the precious sound of a baby’s laugh” or “the peaceful serenity of a sunset.”
Been there, experienced that. Not gonna happen.
While none of us can be totally happy 100% of the time, there are measures we can take to increase serotonin levels in our brain. (That’s that “feel good” chemical, not to be confused with ecstasy.)
According to science, here are ten things you can do to help improve your mood and your overall feeling of happiness.
Shockingly, ecstasy is NOT on the list.
At Night Cap, we’ve addressed this glaring discrepancy a few rimes, but let’s do it again for funsies, shall we?
I realize this tangent will be construed as a little too “angry feminist” for some of you, but it’s a topic that continually surfaces in everyday life and, quite frankly, something that needs to be put to rest once and for all.
A WOMAN IS NOT INDEBTED TO YOU TO MAKE SURE HER LOOKS ALIGN WITH WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY. THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE IF HER SUCCESS HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH HER LOOKS.
I know, I know. It’s not fair. I mean, if you have to waste your time listening to a woman, the LEAST she could do is show a little boob? AMIRIGHT?
Certainly that argument might hold water if you hired a stripper or an escort or… I don’t know… a nanny off Care.com that you intend to sleep with.
But, in almost any other scenario, a woman’s value shouldn’t be contingent on how perky her ass is or how luscious her hair is.
This particularly grinds my gears when female comedians are scrutinized based on their looks, not their humor. I suppose it would be ok if the likes of Patton Oswald, Ricky Gervais, and Louis CK were held to the same aesthetics standards. But, apparently, you can actually be seen as funny without anyone scrutinizing your looks… so long as you are male.
Amy Schumer has had her share of criticism surrounding her looks (because… again… beauty trumps talent if you have a vagina.) Quite frankly, she’s been a rockstar at dismissing critics and nay-sayers.
In this episode of Vice, she sits down to discuss her new movie “I Feel Pretty” and reiterate why she doesn’t give a rat’s ass what critics think of her.
Jumping Off The Bandwagon
Listen to Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s argument on why science should never have a political party affiliation. Do you agree?