Depression isn’t always at 3 am, sometimes it hits you at 3 pm when you’re with friends and you’re halfway through a laugh and suddenly stop. —Unknown
Daily Choices You Can Make To Choose Happiness In Life
“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.” – Aeschylus
Have you ever wondered how many choices you make throughout your day? Every single day we make innumerable decisions. Think about it.
What do we wear?
What do we eat?
How do we get to work?
What to do tell your boss?
What emails do we send?
How do we meet our deadlines?
Where do we go for lunch?
Do we go for happy hours with coworkers?
Or should we go home?
What bills do we pay today?
What chores do we need to do?
Do we hang out with friends?
Or do we Netflix and chill?
What do we have for dinner?
Do we go to bed?
Or scroll through Instagram one more time?
See what I mean? But how many of these choices are making you happy? When thinking of choices, do we keep our happiness in mind?
Do you choose happiness?
It is nearly impossible to stay positive and happy amidst the daily grind muddled with obligations and challenges. Most of us tend to lose sight of what is actually important to us in the long run. Hence, it’s crucial to take a step back at times to evaluate how your daily choices affect your happiness and your overall well-being.
The most important choice that we make each day is whether we allow unexpected and negative things to affect our mood and emotions. What positive people do is they choose happiness despite what life offers them.
“I think happiness is a choice. If you feel yourself being happy and can settle in to the life choices you make, then it’s great. It’s really, really great. I swear to God, happiness is the best makeup.” – Drew Barrymore
Being happy is a choice that you need to make. You have the power to choose if you wish to be happy or upset in life. Life is hard and unfair. That goes for each one of us. But you have the opportunity to choose how you want to live.
You can either be ruled by your thoughts and emotions, get emotionally and psychologically affected by unexpected circumstances in life and choose to be miserable or you can choose happiness despite your circumstances.
Living a happy life is a choice. You don’t need to rely on anyone else or take approval from others to decide how you will feel.
The fact is, our happiness is not dependent on how others act, behave or what they say. You cannot experience true happiness through external validation or affirmation. Of course, you can find inspiration from other people, but happiness can only be experienced from inside. Unless you decide to feel happy, nothing will be able to make you happy.
But can we really choose happiness? Yes, you can. It’s about developing the right mindset. When you realize that unexpected and unpleasant circumstances are an inevitable part of life, you accept reality as it is. You bring your focus into the present moment, appreciate all the good things you have in life and figure out how you can make your life better. This is the secret to true happiness. If you don’t choose happiness then you’re only choosing to be unhappy. After you choose to be happy, you need to make the right choices every day that will help you live a healthy and happy life. Happiness is an attitude of your mind.
Positive choices happy people make daily
“Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.” – Mildred Barthel
Do you want to choose happiness? Here are 17 choices that you need to make every day to lead a healthier and happier life, regardless of the circumstances.
1. Practice mindfulness
The practice of mindfulness is to bring your awareness to the present moment. It is your ability to understand where you are, what you’re doing and what is around you without judging or overreacting to the circumstances. However, focusing on the present moment requires strong willpower as different aspects of our daily lives tend to distract and confuse us. Being mindful allows you to appreciate the present moment as it unfolds. It makes you aware, centered and grounded so that you can avoid unnecessary worries and anxiety.
This can be really hard for some people. I know. But what other option do you have? If you can’t love yourself, how can you expect anyone else to love you? If you can’t love yourself, how can you someone else? Self-love forms the core of your happiness. Accept who you are and respect yourself above everything else. Acknowledge your flaws and focus on working yourself one step at a time. Understand that you are not defined by your emotions, behaviors or bad decisions. We all make mistakes. However, it is crucial to know where you have gone wrong and learn and grow from them. Loving yourself means working on your imperfections while accepting yourself the way you are. This is a simple choice that all happy people make without being told.
3. Be creative
Have you ever felt sad while being creative? Have you ever seen anyone cry while cooking, dancing, singing, knitting, painting or writing? No. Happy people chose to spend their time in being more creative. They often experiment with their creative talents and even try to gain some new creative skills. This allows them to create something truly astonishing that makes them happier than they were. The true joy of creation is in the process of creating. Creators create because they love the process, not for seeking external validation. Of course, when you create something for the love of it, accolades will flow in from all areas. Creativity can help you find an escape from the demands of work, society, family and even relationships and help you let go of all negativity.
Sometimes choosing to be happy can be as easy as taking a deep breath. Whenever you feel overwhelmed or think that things are getting out of hand, just slow down for a while, take a mental pause and breathe. Take a slow deep breath in and a slow deep breath out. Deep breathing lowers stress levels and tells your brain to relax and calm down. It will allow you to reduce tension and help you to shift your focus from the negative to the positive. Breathing deeply will also supply more oxygen to your brain, organs and body parts which will make you feel better. The better you feel and the less stressed you are, the happier you will become.
5. Focus on victories
Every single day can be a real challenge for us with incessant obstacles and problems. Yet there are certain moments in the most chaotic days that make us feel better, even if for a moment. Happy people understand the importance of appreciating these moments and taking their wins. Didn’t get stuck in traffic today? Take the win. Your laptop didn’t crash all day? Take the win. Enjoyed your lunch? Take the win. Finally managed to spend some quality time with your family? Take the win. By consciously focusing on the positive moments in your life on a daily basis you can find happiness in the smallest things. These small things give us the strength to go through our day and focus on the bigger wins.
Have you ever listened to a chirping bird
and make you miss someone so bad
Every tweet and every chirp
Make old moments flash back
Time when you can touch
Her tired and wrinkled hand
And stroke her silver gray hair
Days when you would listen
To her stories of cry and laugh
As you wish you could hug her tight
Then tears begin to flow
Suddenly the birds stop chirping
when you come to reverie
That all you have at the present
is but a treasured memory.
I feel myself changing, I don’t even laugh the same anymore, I don’t smile the same, or talk the same, I’m just so tired of everything.
The thing is, you meet people,
talk to them, laugh.
But there’s a world within you,
full of dreams and fantasies,
that you don’t dare share with anyone.
I wonder if those that claim to know you
really know you at all.
All day long, I laugh and talk, but then every night, a lonely road I walk. No one to trust, no one to call my own. Amidst the faces, I wonder, into what have I grown.
Behind my smile is a breaking heart, behind my laugh I´m falling apart, behind my eyes are tears at night, behind my body is a soul trying to fight
They laugh at me because I’m different; I laugh at them because they’re all the same.
You Appear More Attractive To The Other Person when You Make Them Smile Or Laugh.
Cause I’d rather fight with you than laugh with another
I’m not sure if I’m depressed. I mean, I’m not exactly sad. But I’m not exactly happy either. I can laugh and joke and smile during the day, But sometimes when I’m alone at night I forget how to feel
I feel myself changing, I don’t even laugh the same anymore, I don’t smile the same, or talk the same, I’m just so tired of everything, mentally.
I love making you laugh
Wisdom can be fun too! The following 22 zen phrases illustrate that perfectly. They’re lighthearted, yet inspiring and zen. Check them out.
1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.
2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
3. It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.
4. Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.5. Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
7. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
9. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
12. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
13. Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.
14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
17. Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
19. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.
20. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
21. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
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