Why am I always so happy?


Why am I always so happy? Thats a question I seem to get asked on a fairly regular basis.


The short answer is “I choose to be happy.”


“People are about as happy as they makes their minds up to be” - Abraham Lincoln.


I choose to have a good day.

Every day when I get up I choose to have a good day (or as we say in our house have a “good daisy.”) And it works. The reason it works is because we see what we look for. Our senses get bombarded with so much information they need a way to filter it out. And that way is the expectation of what we are going to see. Our expectations are the engine of our perception. If we expect to see something we will find it amongst all those sensory inputs.


Think about when you get a different car. The day after you pick it up you see five times as many of them on the road as the day before. The same thing applies to your day. If you think you are going to have a good day your mind will focus on the “good” things that happen rather than the “less good”. If good things happen during your day you are far more likely to be happy.


I choose to see the good in people.
I also choose to see the good in people. I focus on people’s strengths, the attributes in them that I like rather than dwelling on their “imperfections.” Every single person has their good points and every person has their not so good points. We choose what side we look at. By choosing to see the good in people I am more content with the people I interact with and hence happier.

I choose to see the good in situations.

You can also “make” more “good” things happen. William Shakespeare said “It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.” So ‘think’ more things are “good” and they will be. Look for the learning opportunities. Be grateful it wasn’t worse. When one door closes another one opens, maybe not getting that opportunity will give you time to take on something even better. There is always something good to see. I choose to see the good in situations.


I choose to have a good attitude.

I don’t just choose to have a good day, I choose to have a good whatever I am doing. Whether I am giving a speech, writing my TPS report or doing the washing up I make the choice that I am going to like doing it, that doing it is going to make me happy. I choose my attitude. You really can make anything fun!


So, why am I always so happy?


I choose to have a good day.
I choose to see the good in people.
I choose to see the good in situations.
I choose to have a good attitude.
I choose to be happy.


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