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Choosing to be happy

February 5th, 2012 at 07:07 pm

I came across an article on a blog that really spoke to me. It was info passed on from a nurse who worked in a hospice-like environment where she cared for terminally sick or people who had reached the end of their life. She said she always heard the same 'regrets' over & over...one of which was choosing to be happy. While I don't consider myself a miserable or perpetually pissed off person, I do let small things bother me more often than they should and I do worry about stuff that rarely happens. I have decided to make a conscious effort to choose to be happy more often. I'm sure I will get mad about some things as we humans do, but overall I am going to choose to be more happy in general rather than worry or stew over things that annoy or upset me. Because I'm trying to become debt free, money seems to be the biggest source of stress & anxiety right now. It did occur to me that it took me a long time to get into debt....so I can't just expect to snap my fingers to get out of it. But I am impatient, I want to move on to the next phase of of building wealth instead of giving it all away right now to get out of debt. The next time I find myself stressing or feeling bad about the situation, I am going to try really hard to refocus that energy. I make a great living, I am not behind on my bills, I have plenty of food in the pantry and clothes in the closet, we are all healthy & well...God willing I will be able to maintain this same situation for a long time so there is no immediate "fire" that justifies my occasional bouts of stress & anxiety about getting out of debt any sooner that what our budget allows.

So wish me luck! I'm out of practice and it will take some work! Smile

5 Responses to “Choosing to be happy”

  1. Dido Says:

    Good for you! The research literature suggests you are definitely on the right track....a significant amount of our happiness is determined by our mental attitude, and being grateful for what you have can boost your happiness.

  2. baselle Says:

    That's one of the best goals you can do. Gratitude for what you have is a stepping stone for being happy because all the things you are grateful for are reasons to be happy about.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Great idea!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I read a book along the same lines, "Happy for No Reason." It was quite a revelation to me that I could choose to be happy for no good reason at all.

  5. Mary Ann Says:

    Thanks for posting! Good thoughts.

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