Making A Choice to be Happy

Audrey Hepburn said, “If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.” Do you think you would do the same, or do the sad times stand out in your mind?

I am generally the kind who’d rather be happy than sad. Yes, times when things really make me sad, hurt, disappointed, but I can shake these negative feelings off after a while. Being a reflective person also helps me in striving to look for the brighter side of things.

We only have one life to live, one precious life to make the best of everything, so it pays to create a positive outlook. Having a positive disposition can help us navigate the sometimes troubling waters of our lives. It’s a choice for us to make — to be happy despite the unpleasant, sad circumstances that may be dealt to us by life. I shall then connect this to my previous post, “On Becoming Who We Are” –

That if we define ourselves to be happy, positive persons, we then choose to be happy and optimistic however depressing our situations may be at times. Isn’t this a better way to carry our loads — with grace and equanimity? And I believe this is also one big secret to why Audrey Hepburn’s classic beauty remained with her until the end.

So the next time you find yourself being overwhelmed by a distressing moment, choose to be happy, and stay positive! Cheers!



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