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I'm choosing to be happy no matter what the cost. It is a learned process and behavior, and can be daunting at times. However, it is better then the alternative – misery. Sure everything isn't perfect, and people and situations still get on my nerves. Nevertheless, I'm learning to take control of my emotions, feelings, and choices. No more will I allow them to determine my daily outcomes. Happiness is a choice and I choose to live and dwell in happiness.

It doesn't mean my choice to be happy is easy. Matter of fact, at times it can be pretty darn hard. However, I've rearranged my life, home, and time to fit my new objective, happiness. Wow, what a difference a day makes when your goal is to enjoy instead of destroy everything you've been blessed with.

When negative thoughts come I'm trying to dwell on what is good and pleasant in my life. When pessimistic feelings and emotions try to take a stronghold, I think about how I am so blessed to have my health, strength, and my "right" mind. I’m blessed to have my husband and daughter and to be there for them.  

My happiness means I'm reading less of the news, and thank God I don't have television to steal my hope, joy, and dreams. In spite of this economy and the doom and gloom that is presented to us daily, I can truly say I am content and happy. I love where I am in my life. I'm happy with all my choices, and I'm excited to wake up each day to see where my life-journey takes me. Happiness is truly a choice worth choosing.

What about you, are you happy?

Sharman Lawson is a financial coach, speaker, trainer, consultant, and author of the book 12 Steps to Eliminate Debt Forever!   Visit her website at sharmanlawson.com.

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      Mz. Queen wrote Aug 24, 2009
    • Good article. Yes, I am happy but greater still is my joy. Joy that is ever present no matter how low or high my happiness quotient is.  

      Be blessed, some more.

      love Donna



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      Iris Feinberg wrote Aug 25, 2009
    • working on it.  have so many wonderful things in my life, i wish the happy part just came naturally.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Aug 28, 2009
    • Sharman I too choose to be happy. Sometimes it is more forced than other times. I choose to paste a smile on my face in the hopes that the action will inspire reality. And sometimes when you choose to be happy you can impact others to be happy.
      I much prefer going thru life choosing everyday to be happy!



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      Mzd3 wrote Aug 28, 2009
    • I know that I should be , but I am not. I dont even know how to begin to get there...



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      Vikki Hall wrote Aug 28, 2009
    • Dianne start out by smiling..... NO MATTER WHAT....just smile and the feelings will follow in spite of what you may hve going on.



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      Mztracy wrote Aug 28, 2009
    • As i sit here and think hard about this, sad right to have to think about it.
      No, not happy. There are happy things in my life like my family and friends.
      There are days I feel happiness, but also days I do not.
      No one can be happy all the time, no matter how hard they choose to be.
      Life happens, and some things make it hard to always be ‘happy‘!



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      Gypsynitefire wrote Aug 29, 2009
    • Very well put MzTracy... I couldn't have said it better myself!
      LIFE GOES ON Happy or Not... & I do start or try to start each day with a smile, but there are those days....... well, we all have them.....you know what I mean!

      1. Mztracy  wrote 1 day ago#
        As i sit here and think hard about this, sad right,...to have to think about it?
        No,...not happy......etc...


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