5 Ways to Tell You're Just Faking HappinessBy Alex Moore
Although pop culture would gladly have you believe otherwise, being truly satisfied with your life can be an immensely difficult thing to achieve. In turn, this makes meeting such a goal more pressure-filled than it should be. For this reason, many people resort to faking happiness to those around them. How can you tell if you’re doing the same thing? Here are 5 signs that may suggest you're not as happy as you pretend to be on the outside.
Telltale Sign #1: Giant Mood Swings Are a Normal Thing for You
Do you easily switch between being joyful, lively, and excited to sadness, anger, or frustration? For some individuals, this type of behavior could even be an indication of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.
Experiencing giant mood swings doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re suffering from mental illness, but it may be helpful to notice whether this is a tendency for you. While being genuinely happy doesn’t mean you have to keep your mood up all the time (that's impossible anyway!), frequently going from one extreme to the other can be an indication that there are issues you may not be addressing properly.
Telltale Sign #2: You're Tired All the Time
It's normal to experience periods of stress when we feel more fatigued than usual. But if you’re tired all the time, it can be a sign of a medical problem like diabetes or sleep apnea, psychological issues, or poor lifestyle choices.
But things are far less clear-cut when speaking about mental health. For example, fatigue is a common symptom for those struggling with