Every day there are a million things we choose, more than we are even conscious of. From the very beginning of the day, do we hit the Snooze button? Do we roll over to the right or left? What foot hits the floor first? Just how hot is too hot for the morning shower; is there even a morning shower? This doesn’t even begin to cover the gamut of the first hour of any given morning for me, but I believe it demonstrates my point that each of us are the great deciders in our own lives. We cannot control all those external forces, but the element of choice remains omnipresent. But there’s one choice that we make every day that impacts us at the core, and it’s a choice we are often unconscious of: the choice to be happy.
Sure, there are a lot of external factors in the universe, and we all interact with more people than we will ever be fully cognizant of, but at the heart of the matter is, of course, the decision of how to react to the various stimuli we are provided with. Just being even a bit more mindful of them helps us consciously make the choice, and frankly I find it hard to see many people making the choice to be miserable.
Not that I dislike Les Miserables, but I’d prefer to stay out of the dumps than jump right in. Why? Well, since all these things affect us in the long run, I’d rather focus on that which is more positive. That said, its important to note that I’m not advocating the Ostrich Concept of burying your head in the sand, but I do think it’s easier to make the choice to be happy if you surround yourself with positive stimuli rather than all that negativity that seems to pop up all over.
Now it is entirely possible that you want to make the choice to not be happy. While I personally don’t understand this, it is naturally your right to make that choice. So to you people who consciously make the choice to be miserable, I’ll let the immortal words of the poet, James Morrison, ring loud and true: “Deliver me from reasons why. You’d rather cry; I’d rather fly.”