Feel Good Friday: Happiness is a Choice

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Life can have its peaks and valleys. We have moments where we feel on top of the world, and we have moments where we want to crawl under a rock. When we are in a valley (and want to crawl under a rock) we feel like there’s no hope and we lose our sense of self and happiness. Losing our happiness is something that we have all dealt with. However, it’s important to remember that we are responsible for our own happiness. Allow me to explain.

First, I know there are going to be people who will ask, “Happiness isn’t a choice. Look at people who suffer from depression and anxiety.” I’m in no way trying to say that depression and anxiety aren’t real diseases and should be disregarded. I personally suffer from mild OCD and anxiety, so I understand the problems that come from these disorders.

That being said, I know you might think, “I can’t be helped and I’ll never be happy.” I’m here to tell you that’s not the case. You can and will be happy if you decide to put in the time and effort to make yourself happy. You cannot rely on medication, other people or certain events to make you happy. Here are some ways to create your own happiness.

Seek fulfillment:

Pursuing a goal and working your way to achieving it brings out happiness you won’t be able to deny. If you want to lose weight or take your blog to the next level, keeping a list of goals and working on them regularly will help with your overall happiness.

Find your faith:

Some people rely on a concept more powerful than themselves to feel happiness. Whether you’re looking to find God or pursue a different religion, faith can help bring you inner happiness. Faith gives us something to believe in, which is why it’s powerful and helpful for creating happiness.

Follow your bliss:

What’s the one thing that makes you apologetically happy? Find what sparks your passion for life and do it everyday. Maybe you love to workout or write. Whatever your bliss is, make sure it’s part of your everyday life. “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Make happiness a priority:

Think of small, everyday things like keeping a Pinterest board with inspirational quotes or spend each morning meditating and giving thanks for your all of your blessings. Make an honest attempt to seek happiness everyday and you will find happiness in life.

I hope you learned a little more about happiness and how you can create a happy life for yourself. How do you create your own happiness? Make sure to leave a comment below.

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  • This is such a powerful message. I know you can’t choose whether you’ll fall mentally ill, but you can choose how you handle a mental illness or milder mental health problem. There is a group on Facebook which is called something like “mentally ill people who love life”. You can be depressed and still choose happiness.

    • Thank you so much for your comment! I had no idea about this Facebook group. It’s so interesting how humans respond differently to life situations. Yes, it can be difficult to have anxiety, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life just the same.

  • These are good things to pursue! I think for me, making space for myself to just be without doing anything is helpful. Having grace for myself in the midst of struggles and knowing that things are going to be ok. Definitely being thankful helps! I wish you happiness everyday!

    • Thank you so much for your comment! And yes, giving yourself space and time to relax and think can help with happiness, too. I also wish you the most happiness every day.

  • Ahhh yes yes YES! I have anxiety myself, but I still totally agree with you. Happiness is a choice. You have to wake up and make that conscious decision to live happily, no matter what circumstances life throws at you. It’s possible!

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    • Thank you so much for your comment, it is definitely appreciated. Sometimes, I think people believe anxiety or depression ultimately means you cannot be happy. That’s not the case. Yes, there will always be bad days (but everyone has those). We need to remember we our responsible for our own happiness.