Happiness · Life experiences

Happiness

A couple I know recently broke up. “I’m just not happy,” one of them stated.

“Why?” I asked. “What happened?”

“It’s complicated,” she said.

Since their heart-wrenching breakup, I’ve had some time to reflect on happiness and how I have managed to stay married for twenty-three years.

Happiness is an emotion, and like any emotion, it can come and go. For some, happiness crashes in like a giant wave. For others it slowly escalates like the rising tide. But for a few rare people out there, happiness is not an event–some outside force dictating how and when they feel joy, rather, it is a choice. They are happy because they choose to be happy. Freedom cannot occur until a person learns to control their emotional fate. Or in other words, nothing can bring me down unless I allow it.

My life isn’t perfect. I have real problems like anyone else. But I choose to be happy and that makes all the difference.

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln

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My favorite picture of my husband and me. We are happy!

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