If you're an introvert living in an extroverted world, finding genuine happiness can be tough at times.
From a young age, many of us introverts have a harder time speaking in class, and are fearful AF of having all eyes on us whenever we have to make a presentation.
Even in my own family, I find myself as a lone introvert swimming in a sea of extroverts.
But, even though we may take a bit longer to come out of our shell, introverts also make some of the best friends you could ever wish for. We're extremely loyal, caring, and trustworthy to a fault.
Though our introspection and tendency to observe can set us apart from the rest, those characteristics become vital to accomplishing our dreams and goals in life.
The world may be extroverted, but you can still be successful and happy as an introvert.
To be truly happy, you don't need to magically become an extrovert. You also don't need to pretend to be outgoing in certain situations, and to put a blanket over your introversion.
You don't need to "just grow out of it," and you certainly don't have to accept your introversion as a fault.
To be a happy introvert, all you need to do is accept yourself.
This may sound super simple, but I have news for you: It isn't.
And once you do accept your introversion as an incredible part of who you are, you'll begin to see how much of a strength it actually is.
The key to becoming happier in any situation is to work hard and love yourself wherever you're at in life. This doesn't change for introverts.
Stop trying to change yourself, or force yourself into a personality bubble that isn't who you are, or who you want to be. Instead, focus on all of the spectacular things you have to offer your relationships, yourself, and the world.
You might be on the quieter side, but your keen observation skills make you empathetic and understanding.
You may prefer quality time with those you're closest to over grand parties, but you'll form the strongest bonds with your family and friends.
Once you stop faulting yourself for who you aren't, and love yourself for who you are, you'll be relieved and so much happier.
So, take a deep breath, introverts! You're halfway there.