Happiness Is Most Definitely A Choice

“Optimism is the belief that good things will happen to you and that negative events are temporary setbacks to be overcome.” – Mayo Clinic

That’s right, there is a clinical definition for optimism.

I can definitely be hard on myself, often bracing myself for the worst possible outcome of any situation. By nature maybe this nervous side of me is part of my genes, but like we choose to be healthy or study hard for excellence, we can choose to be positive.

The New York Times “Well Blog” had a great read, A Richer Life by Seeing the Glass Half Full.

If you behave more optimistically, you will be likely to keep trying instead of giving up after an initial failure. “You might succeed more than you expected,” she wrote. Even if the additional effort is not successful, it can serve as a positive learning experience, suggesting a different way to approach a similar problem the next time.

Self-criticism is 100% not effective. For many this might mean retraining our entire thought process. Give yourself a few minutes today and focus on the positives in your life, and put effort into thinking about all the good you can accomplish in the day.

What song would be the soundtrack to your positive mood? I know, how Ally McBeal of me.

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14 responses to “Happiness Is Most Definitely A Choice

  1. Man it is SO much easier to pick out the negatives – in our life, in our bodies, in our relationships, etc. Just because, sadly, it is somehow our first response – to be critical, to strive for perfection. But you’re absolutely right – we have a choice to make. Focus on the good, the happy, the positive, or let ourselves sink into the “easier” negatives. Such a great and thoughtful reminder my dear.

  2. I love the graphic! I’m generally a positive and happy person. If I do ever wake up grumpy or feel negative, I take the “fake it ’til you make it” route! It works almost every time.
    I can be pessimistic when it comes to training though…the ‘I’m not prepared, I didn’t train well enough’ mentality.
    Some positive mood songs:
    The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
    Dog Days Are Over – Florence and the Machine
    Firework – Katy Perry

  3. I TOTALLY agree with you on choosing happiness! It is a choice, it is hard to do though, too, and focus on the good, not the bad. The soundtrack to my life? Happy – Leona Lewis. I LOVED that song as I went through my divorce and to this day, it brings a smile to my face 🙂

  4. Haha, I love that you just referenced Ally McBeal. That dancing baby gets me every time. I think my happy song (for now) is “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band. I can’t be upset when I hear it.

  5. Were we in each other’s heads this week? Even from across the pond?! 😉 You know I love this, and these reminders are never too frequent.

    First song that came to mind? Sound of Sunshine, by Michael Franti. I was so hooked on it when we had just arrived in Colorado, and I still think of the view of those mountains on my morning run every time I hear it.

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