The quotes that help to make me happy
Ellen talks about the quotes which help her through tough days
Written by Ellen Devlin
Voices - Opinion
Young people share their point of view.
I absolutely love a good quote, I find that on my worst days they give me hope that things will get better. I consider myself to have quite the quote collection and these are some of my absolute favourites!
"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending" – CS Lewis
I love this quote as it's so true, we can't change the past but we do have the power to change what we're doing right now so that our story will have a different ending. There's no point dwelling on the past because what is done is done. It is best to live in the moment and try work towards making your future self a happier person than you are right now.
"Anxiety directs your attention to an illusion" – Danielle LaPorte
This quote perfectly describes anxiety to me, it's a bit of a thinker but I think it's genius. Anxiety is full of "what ifs". "What if this happens, what is that happens" it's never ending and it's so exhausting. This quote is a great one to share with others if they're having trouble understanding what anxiety is.
"Comparison is the thief of joy" – Theodore Roosevelt
I think that we're all guilty of comparing ourselves to others and it does absolutely nothing other than make us feel crap about ourselves. Everyone is different, the world would be so boring if we were all same, so don't waste your time comparing yourself to others because no one really has a clue what they're doing!
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and more loved than you know" – Winnie the Pooh
Aww this quote is so cute isn't it? It always makes me smile. It's also very true!
"Celebrate every tiny victory"
I basically live by this quote! When you're going through a hard time, even just getting out of bed can be incredibly daunting so always give yourself credit where credit is due. You got up and went to school today? That's great! You went into a busy shopping centre even though you hate crowds? That's amazing! It really boosts your confidence when you celebrate your little victories, and it makes bigger victories seem possible.
"Be gentle with yourself, you're doing the best that you can"
Another quote that I try to live by, although it's not always easy. It's so important to be kind to yourself because you are with yourself all the freaking time. The person you will always have the closest relationship with is yourself so it's important to make sure that you have a positive relationship. You can be your own biggest supporter or your own worst enemy, the outcome completely depends on how you decide to treat yourself.
"You grow through what you go through" – Tyrese Gibson
I love this quote as it's so inspirational, but not in a cheesy way. We learn from everything that we go through, good and bad, and those experiences shape us into who we are. They help us grow and develop as people and I know from personal experience, the effect that they have on you can be very positive.