How to Make Life Go the Way You Want

BREAKING NEWS: Life doesn’t always work out the way that you thought it would. I know, shocker!

Sorry for the misleading title, but if you think that there is a magic way to make life go the way you want, let me be the first to tell you that it doesn’t exist! The only thing that you can control is how you react to the things life throws at you.

Everyone has those days that all you want to do is put on sweatpants and your favorite sweatshirt, crawl back into bed, and watch reruns of 90s shows all day long. Although this is acceptable on a Sunday or when you are sick, when you have classes, exams and homework, it is not the wisest choice.

90s Nick

Therefore, we must make the best out of those days. Here are a few of my tips for making your day better…or at least more tolerable.

1)   Eat what you want. Treat yourself to your favorite food, sugary guilty pleasure, or whatever else you are craving! Usually, I try to stay away from fast food, but when I am having a bad day, I let myself have whatever I want. Sometimes just a Hershey’s chocolate bar with almonds is just what I need! In the midst of the craziness and stress of school, work, family and everything else life throws at me, it’s nice to have a few minutes just to enjoy a little treat.


2)   Find the Funny Moment of the Day. This is something that my mom does all the time. No matter how her day is going – and usually it is pretty stressful – she tries to find that one moment that makes her laugh. I don’t know how many phone calls I have gotten from her telling me her “Funny Moment of the Day.” The other day, my FMOTD was I saw these two girls driving in their car…with their coffee cups on the roof! I couldn’t help but laugh when it flew off and splattered all over the college parking lot. When you are having a bad day, find something that makes you laugh – laughter is the best medicine and moms are always right!

Mother Knows Best – Video

3)   Be Positive. We all do it, even with out noticing! We get into cycles of complaining and always finding the negative side to things. Set a goal to not say anything negative the entire day. You will find that your mood will change, your day will seem less traumatic, and who knows, people may even like you better!


4)   Make the Best Out of It. My grandpa always tells me, “Every change is an opportunity.” In the middle of change, this may not seem like great advice, and all you want to do is find someone to vent or complain to (remember #3?). Instead of finding your next victim to corner and unleash your worries and stress on, step back and thing about the situation and find something good in the change. Ask yourself, “Are there any new opportunities with this change? Can I adjust to this change and make this change work?” If the answers are yes, buckle up and just go for the ride and see how it all plays out. You never know!

Do you have a tip for getting though a rough day, or how to make it better? Share it in the comments section below!