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Happiness is a choice [Sep. 28th, 2009|08:10 am]
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This morning reading an article about poverty in other countries made me wonder why when so many are unable to even feed their families in the world there is so much misery combined with so much comparative wealth here.

I suppose at the moment I'm feeling patient about this topic because I'm doing all I can to move towards it. It helps to be focused on a happy future rather than stuck in my own head about the past. Your own brain can get stuck in a cycle of being a tormentor, yet if someone were floating above you they would see no reason at all for your misery. We are not a helpless servant of the brain unable to do anything about the natural tendency it has to roam about the same paths over and over. We are able to course correct it, although it is very difficult and signals from within our body and outside events can certainly influence it. However, the main choice lies in how we respond, how quickly we recover, and how surely we get back up when knocked down.

If we are to truly move towards happinessa more frequently optimistic attitude, there is no reason to fear external events as we can trust our ability to handle what comes and respond in as positive as possible a reaction. What can I do today to replenish the store of happiness and gratitude for small pleasures in life along the way? Because this day isn't going to come again, Monday or not.

[User Picture]From: oh_foxyroxy
2009-09-28 08:37 pm (UTC)
Yep, me neither. I think it's neat to see all the different views on it. I was just saying that I agreed with what Bel wrote cause that's the way I tend to view happiness as a whole. There's no right or wrong answer.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-09-28 08:43 pm (UTC)
I agree with what Bel wrote too, not to mention that she has an artistic and beautiful way of writing, part of why lyrics are so good.

I wanted to change the idea to reflect more of the point which is that positivity isn't even a state or a reaction, but I think that one thing we can do is try to train our brain a bit to focus on the positive first until it becomes more second nature.

Even seeing pets makes me realize this. After trimming Tizzy's nails she was up getting cuddles shortly after, not off sulking about it. Pets are great at moving on an loving us and enjoying the moment. I think dogs have so much to teach us about being happy.
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[User Picture]From: oh_foxyroxy
2009-09-28 08:52 pm (UTC)
Excellent points! I think people in general get stuck on auto pilot too often. There is SO much to be thankful for and beauty all around us.

Pets make life happier!
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