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Are you familiar with the phrase ‘I’ll be happy when I……’
More importantly, does it sound like you?
The Cambridge dictionary defines happy as: feeling, showing or causing pleasure or satisfaction. So many times we wait for something or someone to make us happy. We believe we’ll be happy when we get the promotion, meet that special person, buy the house, and maybe win the lottery.
Happiness is a decision. Make that decision everyday. Irrespective of what life throws your way, you can choose your state. You and not your situations should determine whether you stay happy or not. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you won’t have bad days, neither am I saying you shouldn’t express your pain. Am saying irrespective of the pain and anger, choose to be happy. Acknowledge the situation (don’t be in denial), express your pain (and you should) whatever way you want to, but after it's said, don’t let it get the better of you. Don’t let your disposition and attitude towards life become one of despair or rejection. I'm asking you to be like a thermostat which sets the temperature of a room. Whether it’s hot or cold, the thermostat stays at a set temperature. It acknowledges the change in the environment; nonetheless it remains at the set temperature. The thermometer on the other hand is different; it fluctuates with different environmental conditions.
So the question is how? How do you stay happy when everything that could possibly go wrong happens? The following are some steps that have helped me stay happy inspite of:
In the words of Martha Washington, "I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances."
As you start your week, remember that happiness is a decision. And with every negative experience you encounter, determine that you and not the situation will decide your outcome.
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