-Tich Nhat Hanh
The compliment that I most often receive is that I have a pretty smile. As a child, I smiled non-stop. (Literally. It used to really freak my parents out sometimes.) I have always loved to smile, but as a busy college student at the University of Michigan, I often find myself stressed and in an irritable mood. I thought I had to be perfect in every aspect of my life in order to be happy. However, my perception of happiness drastically changed last fall, when I enrolled in Professor Christopher Peterson’s Positive Psychology class. Peterson has devoted his life to discovering what makes people happy, and what the definition of “the good life” should be.
What I learned most from that class was that being with friends and family are the cure to making yourself feel better. Making others happy will, in return, make you happy as well. And most importantly, doing what you love will not only give you a good life, but a fulfilling life as well.
Sadly, Professor Peterson passed away unexpectedly earlier this month. While me and thousands of other Michigan students were saddened by the news, we were full of smiles at his memorial service because we all knew he had lived a fulfilling life.
So what are you doing to make sure that you to have a fulfilling and meaningful life? Whether it is making someone else smile with your own beautiful smile, doing a good deed and expecting nothing in return, or surrounding yourself with the people that love you, remember to live each day with a purpose and you are guaranteed to start and end each day with a smile.