Happiness is a Choice not a Response

Sometimes we wait for life’s circumstances to make us happy when, in reality, happiness is a choice. Each morning when we wake up, we can choose to be happy that day, no matter what occurs. Then, if  something positive happens, like a promotion at work or a book contract, it’s just icing on the cake.

If you allow yourself to be angry at the world, to be miserable, you will miss out on life. It is so much better for you to be happy than miserable.

So if you’re in a bad mood, you can choose to change that mood. Start out by thinking of all the positive, good things in your life. Then think about your loved ones and what they mean to you. If you think you have nothing good in your life, you need to take another inventory.

Recently, I watched a television program about a homeless vet who was just happy to be healthy and able to work. He was doing what he could to improve his situation, and he was happy he had that ability. It amazed me that someone without a home chose to be happy. How much easier does that make you choose to be happy?

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