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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Choose Happiness

One of the first things that attracted me to my wife was her positive outlook.

Her life has been no easier than any other, and yet she's always cheerful, smiling, even laughing out loud.

This became clear to me one day when she was wearing a t-shirt whose simple words said it all: "Choose happiness."

Whoa. Happiness is a choice?

She has even said to me on more than one occasion, "Why are you choosing to be unhappy?"

A tough question to answer.

Why do we choose to be unhappy?

Sometimes, I think, it's because we think that there are things more important than happiness. Like love. Or money. Or duty.

If this is your problem then, as the Wizard of Oz put it, "You, my friend, are a victim of disorganized thinking."

Because ultimately, the proper pursuit of love, wealth, or the fulfillment of duty should be cause for joy. If not, some serious examination is in order.

So take a little inventory. What are the sources of unhappiness in your life? What choices led to these? What choices will you need to make to optimize your happiness?

"But I can't give that up!" you wail.

Fine. As long as you can't, you're choosing unhappiness. But once you realize what needs to be done, and then do it? Well…

You'll be happier.

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