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Wishing Time Away

I like to consider myself an eternal optimist but lately I’ve found that Debbie Downer seems to be a good friend of mine. I keep catching myself wishing my time away, which is something I adamantly strive not to do. Do you find yourself in a similar situation? Feeling so “over it” or saying, “I can’t wait for ‘this’ to be over?” Before long, it will be over and if we’re not careful, all we’ll have left is a bad attitude and missed out on memories. It’s about making the most of every day; even if that day includes a midterm, a tooth surgery, or a cold. I think we should make the most of not only every day, but every hour and minute that we are given. It is only wasted time unless we’ve wished it away.
So here are some suggestions to feel a little more positive attitude in your day to day:
1. Plan outings: My best friend invited me to dinner last night and we had the best time going out. If you’re having a ho-hum day, add a little something to your calendar to spice up your life! (Spoken like a true Spice Girl).
2. Do your 5 Daily Gratitudes: I know it may be hard to write them every day, but if you’re feeling particularly negative, this is the perfect time to write down 5 things you are grateful for.
3. Give yourself a break: Sometimes that’s what your body and mind needs. Take a nap, eat a decadent dessert, or watch some “junk” TV. It’s all about balance.
4. Think of others: While you must love yourself before you can love others, show others how much you care by writing them letters or giving them a special compliment. When you recognize how meaningful the relationships in your life are, you’ll feel so much happier.
5. Do what you enjoy: Sure, sometimes we have to jump through hoops—it’s part of life. But there’s always a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow so treat yourself to some fun. Go out dancing, watch a favorite movie, or go to a great restaurant to reward yourself.
I hope that perks up your day a little bit. It’s all about the little moments in life that lead up to our mindset. Take time in your day to get your spirits high and your smile bright.
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Sunny Star: Madeline Hunt

Our Sunny Star this week is all about happiness. Madeline Hunt is the founder of the Her Campus online magazine of UCLA and she dedicates her time to improving the lives of college women. What I love about Madeline is that she has fresh advice that everyone should hear every now and then. I hope you’ll visit the website for yourself and see what all the fun is about: http://www.hercampus.com/UCLA
Also, I was recently featured as a campus celebrity on the website so you can view it here if you’re interested: http://www.hercampus.com/school/ucla/sunny-side-%E2%80%93-sophomore-brings-sunshine-through-blogging
1. You are bringing Her Campus magazine to UCLA. Can you tell us what the magazine is about and how much happiness it has brought you?
Her Campus UCLA is an online lifestyle magazine dedicated to providing students the 411 on everything UCLA-related, from fashion tips to upcoming events to how to live your fabulous life in LA to the absolute fullest! It’s all here!  It has been really rewarding to see the positive response we have received so far from students and other on-campus organizations, starting from the very beginning with enthusiasm to participate and now, with complements from our readers and fan base!
2. What has been your happiest memory with Her Campus thus far?
My happiest memory has been receiving interest from girls, who are so enthusiastic to participate and be a part of our team.  When I initially sent out the recruitment email to gain interest and start building a team, I was worried that I wasn’t going to receive any response!  But, I was completely wrong!  We now have a solid staff of about 10 contributing writers and are still looking to expand our team!
3. How do you think college girls can find more happiness in their lives?
Surround yourself with positive people!  People’s energy is contagious, so if you are always hanging around “Debbie Downers,” chances are you are going to adopt the same dismal attitude, and who wants to be around that?
4. What do you think is the greatest challenge that college girls face today and what do you think they can do to overcome this?
I see a lot of college girls struggling with balancing time between their friends and their boyfriends.  I have witnessed so many girls lose touch with their girlfriends after they start dating a guy and devote all of their time and energy to that one person.  Be sure to maintain relationships with all of your girlfriends and put aside “girl time!”  Even though we are college students and are busy, busy, busy, nothing beats having some quality girl talk!  Plan a girls-night-out once a week, take an hour out of your day and grab coffee with one of your girls, or spend even 5 minutes on the phone and have a quick catch-up sesh!  In the end, you will be happier if you have the best of both worlds, your guy and your girlfriends!
5. How can Her Campus help girls live happier lives?
Her Campus provides girls with the information to make their everyday relationships, emotions, and lives even brighter!  Whether it be the best places to study off-campus, how to manage the stresses of college life, or the best LA hikes, we are determined to provide readers with entertaining tips on how to better their mind, body, and soul, while strengthening the bond between UCLA students and their campus.
Keep Shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook 
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Kill Them with Kindness?

As I sat in yoga today I dedicated my practice to kindness. I’ve noticed that it’s been lacking a little bit lately. Maybe it’s just a college social networking concept, but since when did acquaintances become non-acquaintances? There are few things more awkward than when people pretend they don’t know people that they at one point knew quite well. I’ve noticed this concept particularly a lot this year. Perhaps people no longer feel the need to be friendly after freshman year, but still, it’s disheartening.
I’m guessing you’ve seen it happen before. I know I have; way too much lately. It goes like this: You see someone you recognize walking toward you. They see you back. They look down; pulling either the awkward iPod shuffle, the gaze into the distance, or heck, even the fake urgent phone call. So what do you do? Act the same way back; acting like you’ve never seen the person a day in your life, or do you call them out on it? Either way, it hurts a little. It’s a sudden and blunt form of rejection and I always wonder what caused the sudden change between a “hello” and a “hell no.”
So what does one do? Do you kill them with kindness? Do you smile so big and call out their name so loud that they know that you know? Or do you treat them with the “golden rule,” ignoring them the way that they ignore you? I’m always at a loss; because essentially, it is a loss.
So I mediated on kindness today. I focused on the idea of treating people so kindly that they will feel inclined to treat you with kindness back. Regardless of how people act towards us though, we can always control how we respond to others. So let us respond with kindness, always.
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook