Everything isn’t a big deal. Relax. Some things matter, others don’t. Don’t let unimportant things matter and you can use the time you would have spent worrying about them productively.
Success is contentment, but contentment often doesn’t come from the modern definition of success. Wealth in spirit, faith, friendship, love, adventure and new experiences makes monetary wealth seem trivial. Don’t judge yourself until you know what success means to you.
It’s nice to look back at the past, but nostalgia is a trap. It makes you believe that the best is behind you. Memories age too well in your head, which forces you into believing it’s impossible to have experiences better than the ones you’ve already had. Childhood seems too good to be true because it is. At least, the childhood you remember is. Nostalgia is a rose-colored lens that masks the imperfections of your glory days. Use that same lens to look forward and realize that while it’s possible your best is behind you, it also might not have happened yet.
Happiness comes from giving thanks, not receiving it. Tell a loved one how much they mean to you in detail and you will both radiate joy. Gratitude isn’t meant to be self-serving, but it can be. Love works the same way. Don’t love because you want to be happy. Love is real when you value their happiness over your own. Love is real when it’s no problem that their problems are your problems.