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I Choose Joy

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 162 People

    For My Own Mental Health

    I choose joy.  Not perfectly, and not all the time, but as well and as frequently as I can manage.  Life has its curves, and I've had a few; death of parents, health issues, a spouse who left me, things like that.  Others have had a lot more, but mine could get me...
    EBunbury EBunbury 46-50, M 3 Responses Jul 19, 2008

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    Carpe Diem

    Yesterday, as the sun was sinking, the front moved in and a gentle rain began to fall, pasting golden maple leaves to windshields and driveways.  Dusk arrived in a great big rush, and the blinding glare that once made us wince while gathering around the dinner table had been...
    juan1966 juan1966 46-50, M 9 Responses Nov 7, 2008

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    Excuses Excuses.....

    “The trick is not how much pain you feel - but how much joy you feel. Any idiot can feel pain. Life is full of excuses to feel pain, excuses not to live, excuses, excuses, excuses” – Erica Jong   Indeed, this is true, and I need to keep reminding myself...
    juan1966 juan1966 46-50, M 11 Responses Sep 22, 2009

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    Leader

    The head of a program I'm part of is named Bess.  Today that program hosted a picnic, and of course, Bess was there.  Watching her, I was struck by a realization.I looked at her and thought "That is a profoundly unhappy woman."  I watched her go through the motions of flipping...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F Sep 22, 2011

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    Joy And Joywish

    I choose both joy and Joywish (AKA Joy). Rather fond of joy, it always seems to be a fleeting emotion but one that is thrilling because it is ephemeral. The emotion joy never sticks around long enough for you to get used to it. Joy, on the other hand, is a wonderful...
    rojblake rojblake 36-40, M 9 Responses Oct 19, 2009

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    Questions

    It's all in remembering  to ask the better question  Instead of :how could i get hurt here? how could things go wrong? how did i get into this?, i want to know how can i enjoy this place,situation,chalange or person ? how can i enjoy this moment...
    trailguide trailguide 36-40, F 16 Responses Sep 11, 2008

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    Peace

    I don't think I'm going to use this site any longer. My best friend is uncomfortable with me writing about her even if I don't use her name. I've known her three months now and spend every single day with her. Yesterday we discussed my dating, as the girl I'm interested me asked...
    tinymind tinymind 41-45, M Oct 21, 2013

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    The Title Sais It All.

    But because i relly like this group and it's a new one without a story, i may as well put my 2 cents worth here  first :)  I choose joy  because among all the countles choices avilable in this life, this one is by...
    trailguide trailguide 36-40, F 20 Responses Jun 21, 2008

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    Journey To Joy

    I've known depression. I've also had times of extreme joy. I'm learning (slowly) to choose joy more often - even when circumstances aren't good. An ancient writer said, "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation." That's a secret I want to...
    journeytojoykiw journeytojoykiw 51-55, M 1 Response Oct 16, 2009

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    The Diary

    Sometimes in the morning, when I wake up  I have a terrible feeling, a struggle for no reason. These are the moments I just wish to stay in bed and sleep the whole day, but it wouldn’t help me to feel better, it would only make it worse. Since then, I have developed a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Nov 24, 2010

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    Related Experiences

    Most of my childhood was full of physical pain, and thus also emotional pain. However, I've learned to work to prevent the root causes of those pains, and discovered that there is...
    Taurusedi Taurusedi 31-35, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    True Joy! "I'll be happy once I've done this certain thing! We all say this often not realizing what it brings. We look only to the future for our happiness. Letting life slip...
    aries3296 aries3296 46-50, F 5 Responses 21 hrs ago

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    I wanna know if you had to pick only ONE what super power would you guys choose!! Like there's so many and some are just really good, if I had to pick one I'd probably pick either...
    SarahBBZ SarahBBZ 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 9

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      As the popularity of smart phones, one-piece design and battery technology relatively stagnant, make mobile power supply becomes the necessary accessories. But how to choose...
    electricproducts electricproducts 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 7

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    If you are a dress freak, then you will tr​​y your best to enlarge your wardrobe, after years, it will be fulfilled. But, even you have a big collection of clothing,also...
    kitty002 kitty002 31-35, F Jul 8

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    Experiences and stories. I choose not to post them because of the content. I do respect the people in my circle, and I refuse to post anything that will jeopardize our connections...
    reelman4372 reelman4372 31-35, M Jul 8

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    Delhi Hyderabad Vyzag Ooty Mumbai We are 6 in members. Please choose the best and historical place having historical locations. One more thing is please suggest us which state of...
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    In videogames, I choose weaker characters to have more fun and challenges during the playthrough - when possible.
    psycopower90 psycopower90 22-25, M Jul 19

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    The 21th Century green, low carbon, environmental protection concept more strongly, save resources, reduce loss, human growth, environmental pressure, no green, no future. Green...
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    "The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering." Ben Okri
    Aimee17 Aimee17 41-45, F Jul 2

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    I hate feeling needy but I'm human not a robot and never know what to do... Can you cry on your own shoulder??
    kmdickerson5 kmdickerson5 26-30, F Jul 2

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    Let's talk about sex, shall we? One of the most difficult things to get past after Dday is the thought that your husband had sex with another woman. I know I struggled with this...
    Uht2014 Uht2014 46-50, F 2 Responses Jul 4

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    There is no fate... Fate is whatever you make ... So make it a good one
    prince35xxx prince35xxx 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 4

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    Hey guys, Because of my past experience and the fact that I have anxiety disorder, I like to be alone. I feel like there is so much drama when you have too many friends. I rather...
    lovepiano25 lovepiano25 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 5

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    "When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and...
    Aimee17 Aimee17 41-45, F 3 Responses Jul 6

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    Sorry, sometimes I just feel like I want to have am attitude.
    AjLeePunk AjLeePunk 22-25, F Jul 6

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    At my parents house, I have a black cat named Franco. At my own apartment, I have a beige labradoodle named Gâteau. I love the two of them with all my heart! They have never met...
    Wattouat Wattouat 18-21, F Jul 6

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    I explained in my previous stories, along with steps and resources, that my husband and I attend a monthly marriage support group for marriages that have run into trouble. This...
    lillynfriends lillynfriends 46-50, F Jul 7

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    For weeks me and my friends have made plans.... And they cancel time after time unless I come to their place....
    avf24 avf24 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 10

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    I lost a 'friend' because of this. She called me on my mobile and we set up plans to meet the next Monday at midday. We have not seen each other for a year and only spoken a little...
    macabrEnigma macabrEnigma 18-21, T 1 Response Jul 10

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    When you need to replace or install a new transceiver module and other network system project, you get the best product is very important. These transceivers should be based on...
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    When you need to replace or install a new transceiver module and other network system project, you get the best product is very important. These transceivers should be based on...
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    My friend wanted to see what she looked like, so I went on her FB page. And there it was....she has completely mimicked everything I've posted on FB in the last two weeks. I...
    Uht2014 Uht2014 46-50, F 2 Responses Jul 15

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    OMG - BEST day ever!!!! I work in a completely male dominated industry. I am attractive and I get hit on a fair amount. I never respond, I just keep it all business. Today, one...
    Uht2014 Uht2014 46-50, F 2 Responses Jul 17

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    Whenever I listen to Love Will Tear Us Apart I think of a certain person. It gives me that sharp feeling that brings a tear to your eye. Thinking about her hurts me.
    HomicidalIguana HomicidalIguana 13-15 Jul 20

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    I want every step that I take has meaning, values, worth.. I try to control every aspect of my life so it would not be meaningless.. Theres a reason why I chose that woman, why I...
    9thguy 9thguy 26-30, M 2 Responses Jul 23

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    I wish I said yes so long ago just to try out a relationship with them. The one I met before I began college, and especially the one that showed up and fell for me at the same time...
    Yleng Yleng 26-30, F 6 days ago

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    if you are married and someone who was in love with you from the past offer you a million dollars to be with them would you leave .
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    Back in the day when Pokemon gen 1 came out that was the best,
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    Test! Test! Test! Never ignore the value of testing and never just blindly believe the signal producer's data. Try it on demo account and check it will produce final results...
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    I am often told I am a sweet person. I am kind, motherly and loving...but moments come when I hear this... "You can switch from warm to sub-zero in a matter of seconds." I was...
    isodole isodole 22-25, F 2 days ago

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    Me toi hornyhard I like to *** all the time I like ***
    chuck6004 chuck6004 51-55, M 1 day ago

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    Below is a write up I have just finished compiling. Bride of Christ is to leave behind materials that will guide those who shall become believers during the tribulation period as...
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    Below is a write up I have just finished compiling. Bride of Christ is to leave behind materials that will guide those who shall become believers during the tribulation period as...
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    Below is a write up I have just finished compiling. Bride of Christ is to leave behind materials that will guide those who shall become believers during the tribulation period as...
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    [Note: This piece of writing was written during a process of understanding. I did not understand the subject and then write, I wrote and came to understand while writing.] What...
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    As a new electronic product, e-cigarette is running about wildly like a runaway horse in the traditional cigarette market. For many years, due to the increase of tax rate in many...
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    "Do you live me", she wrote.."love not live. Do you love me?", she corrected herself.......... "Honestly, I do love you. I love you very much actually. " "I'm glad! I felt...
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