Choose Happiness

Your probably wondering why I’m blogging about this today.  Well, let’s just say life is WAY to short.  We are being reminded of it by day-to-day experiences.  Today I heard the news of a fellow Pocahontas Graduate, who was just a year younger than I, passed away.  How can life be taken away from us at such a young age.  For anyone who knew Aaron Wernimont, there was always a smile on his face.  I really don’t think a person could be any nicer.  He was such a wonderful young man and I am so glad I can say I knew him.  Any posts that I’m seeing on Facebook about him are so very positive.  I truly believed he touched everyone’s life that he came in contact with.  Not even just in Pocahontas, but everywhere his journey of life took him.  If you would like to read a post about his passing in the paper, click here.

I want to talk about choosing happiness because you never know when your day is going to come to an end, so we need to live everyday to its fullest.  I read a post in my e-mail and it totally fit the situation.

Happiness is a choice.  For every minute you are angry or irritated, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.  Be happy.  Be yourself.  If others don’t like it, then let them be.  Life isn’t about pleasing everybody.

If you have the courage to admit when you’re scared, the ability to laugh even as you cry, the nerve to speak up, even if your voice is shaking, the confidence to ask for help when you need it, and the wisdom to take it when it’s offered, then you have everything you need to get yourself to a happier state of mind.

Begin today by taking responsibility for your own contentment.  Here are ten ways to choose happiness:

1. Choose to be the best YOU can be.  —We are all our own individuals, so don’t try to be someone who you aren’t.  Be the best that YOU can be, and that’s perfect.

2. Choose to be around the right people. —Spend as much time as you can around the people who are most like you.  It’s amazing how much more positive we can be when we are around people who are positive.  Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.

3. Choose to focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t.  —We need to appreciate all the good things we have in our life and when we do that, it brings us more sense of satisfaction.  Don’t get yourself down on what you don’t have.

4. Choose a good attitude. –Isn’t it great to roll out of bed with a smile on your face.  When you think today is going to be a great day, it’s going to be.  Be positive and smile, it makes the world a difference.

5. Choose to smile more often. —Life is so much better when you see people smiling.  That just might make someone else’s day when they see you smile.  Don’t wait for someone to do it, show them how it’s done!

6. Choose to take care of your body. —If you are physically drained to get through the day, it’s pretty hard to make it though the day emotionally. So be active and your mind will stay active also.

7. Choose honesty. —It’s easy, start being honest with yourself and everyone else around you.  Don’t get yourself involved in the self-inflicted drama that is a totally not worth the time and energy.

8. Choose to help others when you’re able. —Care about other people.  You just might make someones day by the simplest things.  You really do get in return the things that you put into life.

9. Choose to let go when you know you should. –Sometimes you have to learn to let go even when it’s really hard to.  Love is a two-way street and if you’re the only one fighting for it, maybe it’s time to let go.  Holding on is being  brave, but letting go and moving on is often what makes us stronger and happier.

10. Choose to embrace the next step in your life. —This last one I have to take totally from the blog I follow.  It said this: You can hold on to the past, or you can create your own happiness  today.  Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to  your heart.  Every day is a new beginning and a new ending.  Embrace it,  make the best of it, smile, and keep looking straight ahead.  And don’t  forget, a smile doesn’t always mean a person is happy right now;  sometimes it simply means they are strong enough to face their problems  going forward.  I couldn’t have worded that any better.

Again, I bring this up in this post because all of these things remind me of Aaron.  I was blessed to know this great young man.  He chose to be happy, to smile, to surround himself with wonderful people.  He focused on things in life and was very successful at everything he did.  He always carried a good attitude and most definitely smiled OFTEN.  He chose to take care of himself and did so of others also.  He would lend a hand to a perfect stranger.  He had a great life because it does hold true that in life, you get what you put in.  He will be greatly missed by all.  RIP Aaron

Love and live life with no regrets, you never know when it’ll be taken away from you!  Tell someone you love them, appologize for your faults, say thanks more often, appreciate waking up and being able to live the day to the fullest.

To read the full article from Marc and Angel Hack Life, click here.

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