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He's the one who said, "most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be." So true! I believe happiness is a choice... not an easy one, but it IS a choice. Don't get me wrong, I get depressed, scared, angry... just like everybody else. The difference is, I've come to believe ol' Abe.
What made me a believer? When I got tired of feeling un-happy, I sought out ways to fix it. Sometimes life is not easy and it can give you feelings of anger, fear, anxiety and all types of negative emotions. I just try to remember to not 'dwell' there. And the best way to not 'dwell' there? Gratitude lists!
It's a simple and time efficient answer to life's problems... if you ask me. And I find that when I diligently take the time each day to write out a gratitude list, I am happy. When I get lazy and don't take the time? I tend to get unhappy and I become the fan that life is tossing it's 'crap' at.
So, each night before I turn out the light, I list 10 things I am grateful for that day. It can be big things, it can be little things. It can be material things, it can be spiritual things. Frankly, it can be ANYTHING! I know tonight I will be grateful for a home grown tomato that I was given today... and it will taste all the better because I am grateful for it. And, I will be grateful for YOU for reading my blog... and grateful that I had something really good to share.
So, make the choice... do something about it and Be Happy!
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