Happiness is a Choice
Of course, we experience good and bad days; however, no tough day is all bad. If we make an effort, we can still find specks of happiness during a gloomy day. Or, even better, discover a blessing in disguise.
“Isn’t it cheap to only accept good things and no bad things?” Job commented on his bad luck.
Remember the Secret: focusing on negative situations will cause those situations to like you and return. Do you know the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates? He often got beaten up when he went to the Agora (one of the main squares in Athens) to hold a speech. One day, after a crowd had beaten him to a pulp once again, a friend asked him why he always ignored violence against him. He answered, “Why should I take donkeys to court?”
Noticing happy moments on a somber day comes easy if we take adversities with humor. Laughing strengthens heart and soul. Smile and laugh in the face of adversity. At worst, opting for a happy smile will guarantee less wrinkles. Anyways, laughter wrinkles are pretty. Also, giggles release endorphins – the brain’s feel-good drug. Really, laughter gives us a little high – without the collateral damage of artificial drugs.
Stress is caused by emotional pressure and laughter takes that pressure away. It means that laughter is good for our health and those of others. Spread that contagious happiness virus as much as you can. It is nice to make others laugh and feel happy, even if it’s just for a short moment. And it’s so easy.
The ancient Chaldean wise men and priests had a nice custom: in the evening, they went out and cleaned their hearts with laughter.
Why don’t you do the same?
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