Choose Happiness and You Will Have a Happy Life…

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Yesterday on my Facebook Page, we talked about how to have a happy life, and the barriers that prevent us from happiness. Many of the reasons that we have to not be happy are actually just excuses that we use to allow ourselves to be miserable. 

Living a happy life takes effort, at least in the beginning. Like any life transforming journey you have to be dedicated to the goal and you have to take steps to make it happen.

Every moment of everyday you will be challenged. There will be issues that we cannot control. There will be times when things that are out of our hands. We have to accept this and focus on the things we can control.

You can choose to be happy or you can choose to be sad and angry. It really is that simple. You have to live your life in a positive light {no matter what is thrown at you}  by training your brain to look for the good. You must trust that good times are right around the corner, even in your darkest moments.

There will be times when your faith in the world will be tested. Bad things will happen. It’s okay to feel those emotions and acknowledged that life isn’t perfect. It is up to you as to how you feel. Nobody else can control your feelings except you. You have to chose to be positive no matter what.

Nothing in life is guaranteed. Even life itself is not guaranteed. You have to believe in yourself, surround yourself with people that bring you joy and keep on moving forward.

*Personal Note* As my daughters and I were about to drive off in our car to do the morning school drop… off my husband walked over to the car and gave everyone a kiss followed by an “I love you”. My littlest one who just turned 4 hollered back “Love you too Daddy… and make sure you have a great day!”.  She totally gets what many of us 10 times her age don’t. She knows that the kind of day she has depends on her… and her alone.

What steps do you take to make sure you have a great day?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • So true!! I find that whenever I am in a good mood, good things happen all day. It’s so easy to get stuck in a funk when things go wrong, but then it just snowballs. Great post!!

  • A positive attitude is really everything. It make my days easier and the world not seem so bad. I try to avoid those with the bad attitudes…

  • Being happy everyday is SO hard, but it definitely makes my days better when I do choose to be happy.

  • choosing happiness is just like choosing to work on a relationship. it’s a choice. and it always makes for a better ending

  • yes, it’s hard to get sucked in faults and negativity but life is so much more peaceful when we chose to be happy — it definitely is a choice!

  • I love this quote. I really struggle with stress and keeping a happy attitude. I am working on it.

  • I’ve been in such a blue mood today. It’s time to choose to be happy. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • I like so many others tend to be on the negative side and have to remind myself to ‘get out of it!’ Hubby is awesome and always seems to find the positives in life and somehow he always makes me smile… Then there are my kids… they bring out my smiles as well… Family is true happiness…

    • Shauna, My husband is the exact same way. He’s the reason I was able to change my way of thinking. He was born with an optimism that amazes me!

  • Your daughter is so right. Make sure you have a great day! And thank you for the post 🙂

  • There are so many bad things happening in the world that it is easy to let them get me down. Keeping a positive attitude can be a challenge.

  • I have struggle with stress and anxiety as do others. I really try to think happy and positive thoughts, but my brain does not always want to cooperate.

    • Jodi, I totally hear you on that! I think a huge percentage of moms have anxiety to some degree… It’s been a really big challenge for me to temper it down, but it’s working. I still have my moments… but they don’t last as long and are farther in between. 🙂

  • I love this. I am trying to get rid of all the toxic things/people in our life to make things even happier.

  • Heather, your site came up on my facebook.after looking at your site I found it very positive and interesting. Would be interested in seeing more! Pat

    • Thank you so much Pat for your kind words! Expect lot’s more! I’m working around the clock to bring more happiness and positivity to everyone’s life!

  • These are all so true and you know….if I can make myself be happy, even when I don’t WANT to be (weird saying that!) then the whole attitude of my house changes to a more positive one. That’s worth everything in the world!

  • Hi

    I’m from the UK and I have to agree as I’m a true optimist!! Have to treat days like a roller coaster and enjoy the ride no matter how much it might shake you up 🙂

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