Choose HAPPY this week! We hear the word “happy” countless times during this season: Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year. The other day I received a text from a friend wishing me a Happy Winter Solstice, the shortest day and the longest night of the year! And, I’ve posted a lot of Happy Birthday wishes to my Facebook friends this month too.
I use the word in many greetings (I’m sure you do too), but as I was preparing to write today’s message I paused to think about what I’m really saying. It’s this: I wish you joy, merriment, favor, and contentment this season and always. I can wish it, but happiness is up to you. You must choose to be happy! Science and psychology confirms happiness is a choice. The U.S. constitution gives every citizen the inalienable right to pursue happiness. Pharrell Williams’ hit song has the world dancing and singing, “Because I’m happy!” However, we can sometimes lose sight of the power we have, and we can allow other people and circumstances to darken our mood. We don’t have to wait for it to find us or chase after it, because it’s our right to be happy. So, this week let’s make a conscience decision to be happy.
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
THINK ABOUT IT
- Focus on the positive. Make a list of all the things that make you happy.
- Wear a smile. Smiling makes you happier. Let your smile brighten someone’s day.
- Choose to be around happy, positive people. Who’s in your network?
Tis the season to be happy! This is a wonderful time of year. Time for self-reflection, to gather with family and friends, to exchange gifts, and to anticipate the new year. It’s magic! So, this week, let’s focus on things that make us happy. Join me on Facebook.
Contributing Author Christine M. Blach works in money and happiness. She is an Independent Consultant with Ambit Energy and a bookkeeper at a CPA firm. Christine enjoys helping her team members and clients save money, make money, and keep track of their money. But most of all, Christine loves to sing. Singing makes her happy and puts a song in people’s heart. Christine says, “Despite appearances in our world, true happiness comes from within. Not only does it originate from within, you actually have the choice to be happy or not. Happy people are at peace with who they are; they have a sense of confidence and satisfaction. You can develop a happy attitude by choosing to do what makes you happy. When you do that, you will change the way you see yourself.” — Christine M. Blach, Do What Makes You Happy