Choosing Happiness, a thought not an action

May 14, 2017
woman looking at landscape thoughtful and happy

Happiness is something we choose right?! It is a thought which extends to a feeling and without the input of thought it's hard to experience the fullness of feeling. Does that make sense?

We all know those people who are never happy with the life, always striving for more.
I am the first to cheer on those with ambition and drive to pursue their dreams. You wanna be a brain surgeon, you can do it!! But I'm talking about when they fall into the trappings of comparison, chasing that picture perfect life or worse measuring their trials and triumphs against others, friends.
And for what, to fit in with what appears to be that picture of success, happiness, togetherness {insert your word here}. What I think they fail to notice are the foundations in which 'said happiness' has been built. 
So far you may not agree, and that's fine. I'm not asking that you do...but stay with me on this.

Happiness (for me) is finding gratefulness;
it is not measurable on what you have or don't have, what you do or don't do.
It is measured on what you think you have.
Quite simply, it is the accomplishment of seeing what there is to be grateful about - and that's no easy feat. I choose to be happy, because I notice it's not about what I've got but what I think about what I've got.

I consider myself lucky because, hand on heart, I have found happiness however that doesn't mean to say I skip around with the sunshine beaming from my asshole. When things are tough, I remind myself how many things I have to be thankful for, and I never take it for granted, ever.  I've seen my daughter hit by a car and I'm still dealing with the horrific stain on my memory. I get how quickly that 'happiness thought' can be extinguished, how quickly life can change. 

I guess the take-home message is that, if you haven't already, begin with being happy about the basics.  I am defined by what I think and I think I have happiness.  

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
― Roald Dahl, The Twits


  1. Very well written article. I really enjoyed reading about it. Choosing happiness should not be a choice, It should be a lifestyle.
    Thanks for sharing your views with us. Have a great day.

    1. Hey, thanks for taking the to comment. Completely agree, happiness should be a lifestyle! You have a good day too :) Karis


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