Happiness is a Choice

Our purpose in life is to be happy. That’s why we are here. We spend much of our lives pursuing what we believe will make us happy, but what we fail to realize is that happiness is a feeling and just thinking about what makes you happy will give you that feeling. You don’t need any thing to make you feel happy, you only need the thought and you will experience the happiness.

If you want a new job, imagine being in the position you want and earning the salary you desire; by doing so, you already have the feeling of happiness even before you get the job. Of course, you still want to get the job, since you can’t go shopping with your feelings, but the end result is already yours. You have already created the job, in your mind, by having the feeling. All you must do is to allow it to materialize and take the steps you feel are necessary. You might want to brush up on your skills so when your interview comes around you are more qualified and prepared.

The sense of accomplishment, opportunity to work at something you love and the increased income, which you associate with your new job, are created by thoughts. Thoughts are real and will attract that situation, or a similar one, into your life. On the other hand, since you already have the happy feeling, you might decide you like your current job. Either way you can’t lose since, no matter what the outcome, you’re already happy.

To quote Wallace Wattles from The Science of Getting Rich, “Man must pass from the competitive to the creative mind; he must form a clear mental picture of the things he wants, and hold this picture in his thoughts with the fixed PURPOSE to get what he wants, and the unwavering FAITH that he does get what he wants, closing his mind against all that may tend to shake his purpose, dim his vision, or quench his faith.”

We were all born happy. As small children we played, laughed and giggled throughout the day. We didn’t need anyone to tell us what we desired; in fact, we were willing to throw tantrums in order to get our way. We ate what we wanted and did as we pleased; resisting, without hesitation, anything we didn’t like. At that young age, when we became unhappy, we protested wholeheartedly by crying, kicking, screaming or trying to run away. Happiness was so essential to us then, we were willing to put 100 percent of our energy into anything that would help us attain and preserve our happy state. If we wanted a toy and it was given to us, we were delighted and totally content. If our plaything was taken from us, it became an overwhelming tragedy.

As we got older, we learned to accept that which didn’t make us happy–setting aside what we really desired. In addition, we learned that there are things we must do whether we liked it or not; that’s just the way life is. That was the lie we chose to believe, but it’s not the way life is supposed to be. You don’t have to accept or settle for anything. All you have to do is to have the intention to be happy, remember how it feels to be happy, and decide that you are happy.

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