What Katniss Everdeen Can Teach You About Happiness

Even when surrounded by misery, the heroine of The Hunger Games finds ways to rise above it. When your life gets you down, you can do the same.
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SELF-SACRIFICE

Katniss devoted herself to caring for her mother and younger sister by providing them food and protection. When her sister was chosen to compete in the deadly Hunger Games, Katniss immediately volunteered to take her place. Although it’s tempting to focus on what’s best for us, true happiness often results from turning our attention toward the needs of others.

How to be more self-sacrificing: If you feel as if you are already sacrificing so much for others, rest assured that this is one of the most powerful demonstrations of love that you can show. Even if your efforts are going unrecognized by your family or friends, know that your sacrifice is noble and far beyond what most people are willing to do. If you would like to make self-sacrifice a bigger part of your life, focus on someone you care for and put his or her needs first. Observe the unique joy that comes with missing your favorite television show to call a lonely friend. This is a path toward happiness that few dare to walk, but the rewards speak for themselves.

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Each day presents its own challenges and we may not always feel as if we are living up to our full potential. Having a role model that embodies virtues such as resiliency, self-reliance and self-sacrifice helps us to stay on track and continue striving for a life worth living. In addition to many other real and fictional women, Katniss Everdeen is a source of inspiration to all people who wish to improve while simultaneously loving themselves just the way they are.

By the way, although you may admire Katniss’ lethal skill using a bow and arrow, only use such problem-solving tactics as a last resort, even while dealing with obnoxious co-workers!

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