“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” ~ Martha Washington
Choose to be happy, it’s that simple! You have the ability to choose your attitude, your response and your actions every day. Although you may not get to choose what happens throughout every day or every hour, you do get to choose how situations and circumstances affect you.
The fact of the matter is, your disposition or attitude will determine how you react to what occurs throughout your day. If you intentionally make the choice to have a good day, to be happy and cheerful, you will be better equipped to handle any curve balls thrown your way. The opposite is also true, should you find yourself having a bad day take a look at your disposition, are you grumpy, upset, just feeling “bah”?
I know, I know, you may be thinking, it’s just not that easy to “choose” to be happy. Yes, sometimes it feels that way. Maybe things aren’t going as you’d like or you’ve encountered some misfortune. If you let those things be your focus, it will seem as though you have no choice, but you do!
Before you get out of bed in the morning, possibly even before you open your eyes make the conscious choice to be happy and focus on what you’re grateful for. What you focus on is what you attract, so when you’re focused on the good you invite more good into your life.
If something “bad” happen take a deep breath and refocus on what is going well. Remind yourself that what you’re facing is just a moment in time. If you’re having a hard time refocusing, doing something to help change your disposition, such as calling a good friend, look at positive or motivational messages on social media, watch a funny video or read an uplifting book.
There are times when something happens and you must allow yourself to feel the feelings, to process the information and/or change before moving on. That is perfectly fine and healthy; just make sure you don’t get stuck there. Once you’ve been able to process the feelings, go ahead and take a deep breath and refocus.
Be intentional about choosing happiness and watch the positive changes happen!