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Hi, my sexy readers!

  This post was inspired by a combo of last weekend's episode of "The Sound Off", where Kev and Jay briefly discuss The February Funk, which is when people get into lack-lustre moods due to the crappy February weather, and last week's new Walz Rantz rant about enjoying life and appreciating everything you do have.  

  Just to warn you, this is an opinion piece, so if you dislike other people's opinions and want a concrete, 100% definitely going to work for you list of things to do to improve your life, you need to take a deep breath and see a shrink.  Seriously.  Don't worry about what others would think of you when you find one either- it's totally Hollywood (for you people that actually care about that kind of stuff).  It's like having a personal trainer for your mind. 

  I have been feeling a lot of negative energy this month from people, and no matter how much we fake a smile, the bad energy is speaking loud and proud.  Now, on the flip side, if someone is genuinely laughing and having a good time around negative people,  this person is all of a sudden considered "an insensitive ditz"?  Why are people so damn negative and want everyone around them to be just as negative and sarcastic as them?  Does society seriously believe misery even deserves company?  

  It's February and we are in Canada, so it's cold, dark, snowing and miserable outside.  I understand.  But seriously, there is so much to be grateful for, but all we do is complain and want what others have- whether it be nicer weather, fancy condos, true love, etc., so we're never happy- no matter what time of the year.

  Last year, I was just curious to see who the actual happiest people on Earth live and why they are so happy.  I was on youtube and found a video that exposed that the happiest people in the world are actually Buddhist monks.  Now, I am not suggesting you have to become a Buddhist monk to better your life, unless you really want to.  What I learned is that Buddhist monks live very simple lives:

- they don't acquire many material things 
- they meditate
- when they eat, they are quiet and don't think of anything while they eat, they just eat with clear minds
- they live and let live
- they observe good moral character

You don't have to be religious or a monk in order to do these things either, you know. 

Here are a few suggestions to live a more balanced, content life all-year round:

- Take your Vitamin D, aka "the happy vitamin", in liquid form.  In a country like Canada where we get such harsh, depressing winters, we don't get enough sun, a natural source of Vitamin D.  Don't consume alcohol or caffeine 2 hours or more before or after you have taken vitamins or medicine, or your body will not be able to absorb the vitamins or medicine as effectively. 

- Smile.  Even if you're not in the mood to naturally smile, just try it.  It will make you feel a little bit better anyways.

- Manifest the things you want in life by wholeheartedly telling the universe "I want.." or, "I like.." rather than telling the universe "I hate..." because the universe only hears positive thoughts, so stating what you hate or don't want is kind of pointless.

- If you have a mental illness in relation to depression, it cannot be cured, but can be controlled. It's all in your head.  If you truly want to better yourself and your life, let go of the past and cleanse the negative energy by replacing it with a positive outlook.  Take any bad life experiences and try to forget them.  De-clutter your mind and spirit.  If you don't have the personality type to forget, then take those life experiences as life lessons that you will apply to your future to ensure you make better choices. 

- Get over yourself.  Strip away that huge ego of yours.  Would you rather be adored or happy? 

- Turning to vices like drugs or alcoholic beverages will not make your problems go away- the problems will stay there and you would just be high or drunk and when you're hungover you'll just feel worse.  Alcohol is a depressant, so lay off of it until you're mentally content. 

- Listen to new music that doesn't remind you of anything, but gives you a positive vibe. <Insert shameless plug to tune into the Jamsterdam Top 10-the top 10 best tunes you've never heard at 10am EST and midnight EST here>

- February is apparently Heart Health Month, so do something good for your heart by not sweating the little things.  Choose working up a sweat from doing some cardio instead.  

- Have a good laugh. It's good for your health.

- Let go of the need to make fun of others just to make yourself feel better about your life.  This is such a negative trait and will not make you a better person at all.  

Focus on good qualities in people to determine if you want them in your life or not. Most flaws are easily overlooked- unless the person is a totally heartless piece of shit. The awesome qualities in people could cancel out the bad. 

- Learn to forgive and let go of the anger.  Some battles are worth fighting for, and some are better left alone.  Choose your battles wisely.  Life's too short to get easily irate.  

- Last, but certainly not least, be grateful for the good things and people in your life.  If you cannot think of anything right now, really look around you and appreciate the things you currently do have.  There are people out there that would give their left nut to live your life. 

  Just because you're having a shitty day, does not entitle you to making those around you miserable by dragging them down to your low-spirited level.  It just entitles you to a shitty day you have to deal with, like the rest of us have to.  Remember to smile!

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