Let The Good Times Roll

Let The Good Times Roll

Ava Johnson, Staff Writer

Science of happiness

Mindless crimes are still happening in the country, but more sparingly as compared to how often they occurred pre-shelter-in-place order according to recent reports. We can put faith in humanity for the stimulus relief that came to many of the American homes or for what appears to be genuine care for one another during a perilous time.


We look deeper into the eyes of our neighbors as we search for proof of a smile through paper and cloth masks. We miss sitting next to a stranger at our favorite coffee shop and being able to smell the food at the table next to us as we wait on our meals to be served. So, how do we continue to feel fulfilled as human beings? Without work, school, and store interactions being the same and in some cases non-existent, what can be done to keep joy and happiness?

David Steindl-Rast speaks of a simple key to being happy in a Ted Talk video: gratefulness.  Taking the time to first acknowledge the things and people we have in our lives, which are safe, is a solid way to keeping the spirit lifted. Here are some ways I have personally kept busy and blissful:

  1. Enjoying the time to make goals in solitude
  2. Rearranging my bedroom- at least in my mind
  3. Making healthier meals. More smoothies!
  4. Visiting local forest preserves
  5. Drawing and coloring: letting out my inner child
  6. Gardening
  7. Calling family and friends more often
  9. Learning a language

Most of the things I have done are free of charge and have allowed me to take advantage of this time; hence “being grateful”. Check out this article to see the science-supported ways to be happy.

Have the courage to find yourself during this time. Be excited about the future!