Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of quotes and articles on Happiness.  I’m most curious about the ones that state “happiness is a choice" and  "tell yourself to be happy” Is it that easy?  I had to think about it for a moment………. While I agree it is a choice, I believe that a certain state of mind must be present while feeding yourself these statements. One must assess their own definition of what makes them happy.   Is it the possession of tangible items, certain people or significant events?  I’m sure we can all agree that dependence on these things for happiness is not realistic and typically short lived.  

Then there is the phrase,” I choose to be happy today.”  What does that really mean? Wouldn’t it be nice to be happy every day? True happiness illicits joy and a sense of peace, even when the chips are down.

How does one accomplish being happy every day?  There are many suggestions and ideas on market and I’m sure they are effective, however I’m back to my original suggestion that happiness is a state of mind.

I don’t have all the answers, however I’d suggest  that one's mind transforms when they are loving, understanding and engage in gratitude towards self.

For example: If I’m loving and grateful towards myself, when I lose the tangible things I have the confidence to know those things didn’t define me and I can get them back at some point.

When those that I love no longer  love me, the love and gratitude I have towards myself  will enable me to pursue and respect future loving relationships.

When the joyful event has passed, I understand it brought me happiness in that moment, I can treasure it or  let it go.  

A significant step in being happy is relying on your own inner strength to keep you grounded, realistic and protected. 

I choose to be happy today, how about you?