Why Don’t You: Choose Happiness

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It’s easier than you think.
You may think it’s “easier said than done,” but I urge you to reconsider. 
It’s easier than you think.

Repeat after me: I choose happiness.


You can. I know it. At one time, I didn’t think I could do it either, but I did.  So I know it is true; you can do it, too.  You can choose happiness.

Make it your mantra. Think to to yourself as your brushing your teeth. Write it on a bright pink post-it note and keep it near your work space.  Sing it to the tune of your most favorite song.  Repeat it to yourself as you are falling to sleep tonight. 

If you are feeling especially motivated, schedule five minutes to sit on the floor.  Get comfortable and get ready. Meditate on the words. I choose happiness.  i CHOOSE happiness. i choose HAPPINESS.  Think about those words.  Reflect on those words. Devour those words.  They are your words, now. OWN THEM. CHOOSE THEM.  Choose the choosing.


From one of my most guilty pleasures, One Tree Hill, season 6:

Take a look at yourself in the mirror. Who do you see looking back? Is it the person you want to be?  Or is there someone else you were meant to be, the person you should have been, but fell short of?  Is someone telling you you can’t or won’t – because you can. Believe that love is out there.  Believe that dreams come true every day.  Because they do. Sometimes happiness doesn’t come from money or fame or power.  Sometimes happiness comes from good friends and family and the quiet nobility of leading a good life.  So take a look in the mirror and remind yourself to be happy because you deserve to be. Believe that.


You deserve to choose happiness. And don’t you forget it.

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24 thoughts on “Why Don’t You: Choose Happiness

  1. Emily @ Relishments

    Wonderful post (AGAIN!), I feel like I’m constantly trying to convince my students that happiness is a choice and most of them don’t buy it. I know they’re not the only ones. It’s amazing what a change in perspective can do for a person though. I could choose to be upset about my apartment (aka lack of house), the fact that I haven’t held a salaried position since graduation, and the fact that I don’t know if I’ll have a job in the fall. Or I can be happy that we have a really nice apartment, I’ve had good work and I’ll find some sort of job again. I decided a few years ago that choosing happiness is a far more bearable way to live. So far, I’m right.

  2. Casey

    This so lovely, Heather. It’s something I think to myself often, but it’s so awesome to hear it put into these specific words. Thank you for the positive message!

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  4. Allison @ Happy Tales

    Damn girl. I feel like I have done JUST that these past few ..well, I”m not sure how long, really. Ever since May, I think? Yes, shit happens… but it’s all perspective. I feel like I’ve matured in my perspective a lotttttt over these past few months. Damn straight I choose happiness. Life is only so long!

  5. Racheal

    So TRUE! We / I choose our own happiness. Thank you so much for this post. Sometimes we have to be reminded of things. Thanks again!!

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  8. Meredith @ DareYouTo

    Nicely stated. I’ve been somewhat down lately, but I do try to CHOOSE happiness. I like the One Tree Hill quote, as a reminder that we do deserve to be happy.

    Did you know that the physical act of smiling can actually cheer you up? Try smiling while you consciously choose happiness; it could help the process!
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  12. Tina Muir

    Such an inspiring post, and right now hits me right in the heart. I have struggled with this the last few days, and I am usually the person who says exactly your words, but maybe I needed to hear it from someone else.

    Too often we look around at what we dont have, rather than what we do, and we are not grateful for the beauty in our lives. As an elite athlete I can fall in the trap of thinking that running defines me, but you are right, looking in the mirror, that is who I am, not my running ability.

    Thank you for saying what I needed to hear out loud.
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