There’s no doubt that life can sometimes deal us some heartbreaking times to deal with. Things happen – death, breakups, divorce, illness, piles of bills, etc. You’re probably wondering how a person can possibly be happy when times are tough.
Well, happiness is a choice. Yes, really. We can choose to be happy, even in the hard times.
Think about it – what does being upset, mad, angry, worried, sad, etc. do for anyone? It doesn’t accomplish anything, and in fact can make the tough times even tougher because of the stress of being upset, mad, angry, worried, sad, etc.
When we choose to be happy, it usually won’t change it situation we might be in, but it can lift a load of weight off our shoulders just be letting go of the stress, the hurt, the sorrow, the angryiness, or whatever emotion we happen to be allowing to keep us from being happy.
Maybe you’re thinking… well, I don’t have a reason to be happy…. or how can I possibly be happy when this or what is happening to me in my life.
Again, happiness is a choice!
And yes, we all have a lot to be happy about, but sometimes we just need to open our eyes and hearts and see it.
We woke up this morning. So many did not. We’re overweight, which means we aren’t hungry and have food to eat. So many are hungry and don’t have food. We have a roof over our heads. So many don’t. We can’t decide what to wear, meaning me have plenty of clothes. So many wear rags and have no shoes. We complain about the sun in our eyes, meaning we have sight and can see. So many can’t enjoy the beauty of a sunny day. We complain about how loud the neighbor’s music is, meaning we can hear. So many can’t enjoy the sound of a favorite song because they can’t hear.
There’s just so much to be happy for! Even when the bad times come, and they do come, we still have so much to be happy about. We can either choose to be happy or we can choose to be angry and miserable. Unfortunately, making the choice to not be happy just makes things worse on a person.
Some folks have held onto their anger and sorrow for so long that they don’t think they can let go of it – it’s become a part of who they are. They’ve forgotten what it was like to be happy. Or maybe they’re afraid to let go and be happy because they’re actually afraid of change. Hard to imagine….. they wouldn’t know what to do without all the anger, sorrow, bitterness, etc.
Every single day, we each have a choice to be happy. In choosing happiness, we choose to feel blessed, we choose to feel thankful, we choose to feel grateful, we choose to feel joyful. We choose to be excited about life and happy about living it, no matter what’s going on in our lives.