Do you ever find that happiness seems to be a result of being in the right place at just the right time? You’re walking down the street, find £5 in your coat pocket that you forgot you had, get a compliment from a friend, meet that special someone (without making a total fool of yourself), go to your favourite store and get 50% off etc.
It’s easy to be happy when everything seems to be going your way, but I think that defining happiness that way reduces it to a by-product of luck or an accident, which it is not. In fact, if you thought about it, maybe luck is a by-product of happiness?
Some days life is good, but there are probably more days that are just ok or even just plain bad and it’s on those days that the true nature of happiness is revealed. Have you ever met someone who stayed positive, even when they’re having a bad day and everything that can go wrong, seems to be going wrong? Just being around them can be uplifting (although sometimes it can be annoying, but that's usually just stems from jealousy). People who are able to smile even through the worst of times have learned a very important lesson, happiness doesn’t just happen.
Happiness is a choice or at least being positive is. Happiness is not an accident, nor a charitable gift from the universe. Of course, it’s nice to receive those gifts, and easy to be happy when you do, but being positive is about choosing to see the adventure in every moment, to understand that there will always be a light after the dark, that there is always good in every situation and every person, no matter how grim things may seem.
That’s the key to happiness: choosing it, to be positive. It may not always be easy, and sometimes it may be the last thing you want to do. But when grief strikes, or when you just can’t seem to catch a break, try and stay positive, take a deep breath, and smile. Sometimes you just want to sulk and stay upset, continue the sadness, it’s a natural response, but it isn’t a required behaviour, it’s a choice.
We always have the choice to be happy. Learning to change our attitude is frustrating, but worth it in the end. When we choose to be happy, things tend to work in our favour, and luck seems to be on our side; and even if things don’t happen the way you want them to, if you choose to be happy, you can accept situations for what they are and make the most of life, no matter the hand it deals you.
Thank you for reading and have a blessed day :)