Posted by: Kimberly Field | October 15, 2010

HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.  I can choose which it shall be.  Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.  I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”  ~Groucho Marx

These words are a reminder that I can choose to feel happy.  Most of the time I am a happy person.  Sometimes the ones that are the closest to me can drive me crazy.  I’m not sure how it happens but before I know it I’m taking on whatever emotion that is imaginable – Sad, Excited, Frustrated, Relaxed, Angry and Happy.  When this happens it rarely makes anyone happy when I reflect a negative mood.   I tend to get wrapped up in what my dear ones are experiencing on days when I am tired.  I often have to pull back and remind myself that that’s what they are feeling, not me.  I Offer them love and support and let it go.

Mark Twain once said the best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer someone else up.  I’ve done this many many times and it truly works. 

Being happy is a decision, a choice.  It can be as simple as the statement Leo Tolstoy quoted, “If you want to be happy, be.”

“The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion.  The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.”  ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lamat

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