SURROUND YOURSELF WITH WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

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Nuria Rey

CREATOR OF HAPPY CHOICES

MARKETER AND TRAVELER

Nuria works in the marketing industry and is ironically one of the happiest people we know. She moved to New York from Spain and no matter the environment or who she's with, she always has a smile on her face. We sat down with her to understand what makes her so happy all the time and learned that it's a matter of who you surround yourself with and the choices you make.

WHAT'S HAPPINESS FOR YOU?

That's a tough question. I feel like I'm a happy person but that doesn't mean I don't have frustrations. I don't feel like I pursue happiness because in my mind I feel like you should always be happy. Happiness shouldn't be a goal, it should be a state of being. 

IS IT A DECISION OR DO YOU JUST HAPPEN TO BE HAPPY NATURALLY?

I feel like a lot of people say to me "you're such a positive person." But I feel like you should always expect the best and if things goes bad, that's ok. The bad things make you better actually. The bad things that happen to you are the things that help you grow.

You need to know yourself also. So putting the right people in your life is very important. Having people around you who are happy constantly will also make you happy. People affect how you act and think. When I go to work there's a lot of negative people and it's easy to become negative. But it's so crazy because the same situation with the right people can be so different. It's about making choices in your daily life and knowing yourself. So like when I go to the gym in the morning or eat healthy in the morning, these right choices for me make me happy. Also I need to do something alone with myself every week. So I think these little choices and the people you surround yourself with are important.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU CAN'T CHOOSE THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU?

Everyone tells me that I'm good at getting whatever I want. I think that I can be friends with a lot of different people because I adapt myself very well. It's easy for me even though sometimes I have to work with people I rather not work with, it's whatever. Just take it and look forward to the next thing.

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"Every year I feel is great. But I always feel like this is going to be my best year."

DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE YOU USE YOUR CHARISMA AND LOOKS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE?

I actually think the opposite. It's hard because I don't feel like I'm so pretty. I just accept myself. Your personality and the way you accept yourself makes someone so much more attractive. It's so powerful how you present yourself or the way you're secure about yourself. I actually know more attractive guys and women but once you start talking to them, the way you see them after is "zero attractive." I wouldn't say that it gives you an advantage. First time I met my boss she said "I thought you were a stupid blonde." Now she says "I think you're really smart." So just off of one look she thought that. Sometimes it plays as an advantage but it's not always and advantage to have.

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

I always wanted to leave my country and now I'm in New York City. I live with my fiancé, I'm getting a dog and also love traveling. Traveling I think is one of the first things that make me happy. Like I always think about what are my traveling plans for this year. I think I'm the happiest when I travel. Sometimes I'm like I should just quit my job so I can travel! But when I travel I also miss my routine in life. It's all about having a balance.

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"Do all the things that you want in your 20's"

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE ON HOW TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES?

I would say take time to think about the things you want to accomplish each week. I would say surround yourself with good people and have a purpose. For me I have four things that are most important: My family, my career, my love and my friends. So think about the big picture and then think about it weekly, monthly and how you will get it done.

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