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Reach Upward is Greg Denning's personal blog, of stories, inspiration, experiences and solid life skills and advice for young people and adults.

How To Choose Happiness In Your Life

Happiness is a way of being. You deserve to be happy, so choose it!

What Is Happiness?

The other morning, while my family and I were doing our devotional, we opened to a question in this book of philosophy...what is happiness? We got into this great discussion about happiness that was fun and so exciting.

We wrestled with lots of questions regarding happiness:

  • Can you feel sad and still be happy?
  • Can you feel other emotions and still be happy?
  • What is happiness really and how do you achieve it?

We all want to be happy and people do what they do—sometimes even crazy things—because they are seeking happiness.

Happiness is a Way of Being

Well the next day in a book I was reading, the next chapter happened to be about happiness. It was so fun to explore this whole idea, and so I want to share that with you.

  • What is happiness?
  • Is it an emotion?
  • Is it merely a feeling?
  • Is it something that happens every once in awhile, by chance?
  • Is it only for the lucky few?

I believe happiness is a way of being! Inside of the way of happiness you get to experience all the emotions. But how do you live this way? You simply live this way of being by choosing it!

Happiness is a choice!

But, too many people miss out on the way of happiness by inadvertently choosing things besides happiness. I love to ask this question: What is your predominant emotion? What is it that you feel most of the time? The most common responses are: frustration or literally people will say “blah!” Well, the fact is that we choose to be bothered by little things and we choose to be bothered, frustrated or angry about things that are beyond our control.


Remember, only small people are bothered by small things.

So, why not consciously choose happiness rather than frustration or anger? Why not choose to feel good and to live in the way of happiness? We can live in the way of happiness by choosing to do the things that bring happiness into our lives.

Choose the Better Way

Therefore, I want to challenge you to wake up every morning and choose happiness. It's a choice...so why not choose to live in the way of happiness? Happiness includes serving others and striving to be a really good person. This is what leads to a sincere happiness. So, don’t choose the lesser way! Choose everyday to live in that way of being, choose to be sincerely happy. It really can be that simple!

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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