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I Have Decided to Be Happy

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    Happiness

    In life’s toughest moments, I have always found solace by returning to the simple things in life. That is one sure way to get in touch with happiness, if only for a moment. It could involve a leisurely drive on a winding mountain road, just taking in the natural...
    weareonespirit weareonespirit 51-55, F 5 Responses Jan 20, 2008

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    Being Happy

    Once i met a small child who told me that he got tensed when he lost in games and i was supposed to help him come out of the stress. I asked him, how do you come out of stress? you are not stressed all the time. you seem to be happy most of the time. He said, "I don't know...
    vedumail vedumail 26-30, M 3 Responses Jan 1, 2008

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    So i wasnt expecting anything from my husband

    this vday just because i felt things have fizzled between us the past few months and i personally have been in a bit of a rut and put on an insane amount of weight. So anyway he surprised me with roses from my daughters and sweet cards from them wishing me a happy valentine plus...
    Possiblenoteasy Possiblenoteasy 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 14

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    I am happy. I have my moments

    but other than that I am happy. Life is not perfect and I just take my time maneuvering around negative things and negative people.
    Sweetheart1980 Sweetheart1980 31-35, F 3 Responses Jan 31

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    Yes!

    Happiness is a DECISION, and it is NOT optional for me :) I spent so many years, (what was supposed to be "good" easy years) being miserable, and angry, anxious, self-hating, and defeated.... I just got exhausted. I gave up on me for so long, that I GOT TIRED, and I wanted me...
    Infinite9 Infinite9 70+, F 9 Responses Jun 22, 2011

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    Tell me where you come from,

    you look like your hopes gone. I can tell you need someone today, forget all your problems, why not let the waves wash them all away.🎶
    BarbieH BarbieH 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    What a gloriously sunny Sunday!

    Thank you all those special people in my life that make it worth it
    happylad13 happylad13 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 13

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    I guess I haven't really decided to be happy

    but happiness just hit me in the face, I'm loving myself and I'm feeling confident and happy I don't know why but I am loving this. I haven't felt this good in years. (: hopefully this happiness stays with me for a long time.
    phoenixrko phoenixrko 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 18

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    Star in my Sky I know you never think of me

    the same way I think of you. I breath you.... And it gives me pleasures painting your face in my head... It keeps me going. It makes my days bearable. You keep me company in my lonely journey thru the darkness of night. Like a star so far away ... Unapproachable but yet the...
    AngelWench AngelWench 51-55, F 8 Responses Feb 12

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    When I decided to be selfish that's

    where I decided to be happy. All my life every decision I would make, I would consider everyone that I love, but in the end I was left behind. It's painful because you expect them to be there, always, but that's not the reality. So, today I'm giving my self that happiness that...
    gwenllian gwenllian 22-25, F Feb 22

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    Oh what a feeling! Waking up late in bed.

    Feeling carefree and happy. Yes! Today is going to be a good day! Why you you all join me in having a great day 👍
    happylad13 happylad13 36-40, M 2 Responses Apr 12

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    Things in my life have been rough,

    especially regarding relationships, and so, I have decided that I'm going to stop repeating old patterns and habits that attract those types of situations. I want happiness and peace and what's stopping me? I think me. I want to live life to the fullest and enjoy every minuet of...
    AvrilAshburn AvrilAshburn 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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    My Default Is Happy.

    I made the simplest of decisions a while ago. Regardless of all the things that can and do go wrong, I will be happy. I may lock myself in my room all night, but when I come out the next morning it will be with a smile. I see that I am the one responsible for my happiness...
    Incognitoisme Incognitoisme 18-21, F 8 Responses Oct 22, 2010

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    Wisdom About Happiness

    I was just looking through some of my old stuff and found this collection of quotes....  If you want to be happy, be. ~Leo TolstoyHappiness is never stopping to think if you are. ~Palmer SondrealMost people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being...
    trailguide trailguide 36-40, F 6 Responses Jan 5, 2010

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    Start By Stopping.

    i started by stopping. that's basically the best thing to do in a situation where you have only 2 choices. 1 is to keep holding on and watch the world spin and move on without you. or 2 to stop and start letting go of all the things that are just dragging you down. in my case, i...
    iamCS iamCS 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 24, 2012

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    I dreamed a dream in time gone by When hope was

    high And life worth living I dreamed that love would never die
    happylad13 happylad13 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 16

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    From This Moment On

    From this moment on i am done self-loathing and i am done being sad about something i shouldn't I want to be happy and i am so done with my life not being in my control.. I will not let people take the energy out of me so that they can be happy while im broken into pieces.. I...
    HeartAndWings HeartAndWings 16-17, F Jan 19, 2013

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    I get these random times

    when I'll be sad but at the end of the day I end up happy. Being happy is what keeps people going in life and it's never good to go to end sad
    chloe532 chloe532 13-15, F Feb 3

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    A bad attitude is like a flat tire,

    you can't go anywhere until you change it. :)
    smilemore123 smilemore123 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 7, 2013

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    X13M X13M 46-50, M Dec 21, 2013

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    Happy For No Reason

    I read/heard a book recently," Happy for No Reason" by Marci Shimoff. Nice work!  I liked her theory -- it sidesteps the silly ego which will rant and rave about rights and injustices and wrong-doings... and slip into that happy place where one learns to and experiences...
    FlowersNButterflies FlowersNButterflies 51-55, F 7 Responses Nov 21, 2010

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    Good Riddance to an exceptionally dismal day.

    But it did not beat me! Tomorrow my friend. I know you're gonna be better to me.
    happylad13 happylad13 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 14

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    "Deciding" Is One Thing, Getting Happy Can Be Another

    We can always make the choice to be happy, but what happens when the first guy does something to offend your moral sensibilities? If you are human (and honest) at all you will get pissed off and bye bye "happy". Life is life but people have a habit of doing stupid things or...
    StarWanderer StarWanderer 56-60, M 3 Responses Dec 7, 2011

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    Life Isn’t Meant To Be Easy

    You walk outside and all you see is rain You look inside and all you feel is pain And you can’t see it now You wake up every morning and ask yourself What am I doing here anyway With the weight of all those disappointments Whispering in your ear You’re just barely hanging by...
    BournUltimatum BournUltimatum 22-25, M 6 Responses Feb 14, 2012

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    Happiness

    I've decided to make a commitment to happiness. Life is to beautiful and precious to be unhappy and negative all the time.
    FallenRayne FallenRayne 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 10, 2012

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    Waking Up Happy

    Well here were my issues: 1. Accepting the fact that I could no longer consider my former high school best friend as a friend. She didn't care and love me the way I did. We only hung out when she was single. Haven't talked or seen her since June. I always took the initiatives to...
    QueenofdaJungle QueenofdaJungle 18-21, F Nov 17, 2013

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    It's been more than a month

    and I feel happy! I appreciate my life, what's around me, those around me, and the simple things. I couldn't be more blessed. 😊
    Mstrendy Mstrendy 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 13, 2013

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    On Happiness

    I have decided to be happy -yes. And yes -it is a choice. I suffer with chonic pain and I've learned to look at things optimistically. I am a glass is half full kinda gal. I've had to learn it and chronic pain is a very good teacher. I was not always like this growing up for...
    maltesemermaid maltesemermaid 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 22, 2012

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    I Take Responsiblity For My Own Happiness

    Happiness is a state of mind that each and every person has control over.  Each one of us can decide to be happy or to let things depress us.  Sometimes life is a real B*tch and bad things happen.  I admit that during the moment, I sometimes get sad and even cry.  However, I...
    SimpleMae123 SimpleMae123 36-40, F 4 Responses Nov 13, 2011

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    Today is a good day! Through all my troubles

    and pain I can see that I am going to be ok. Had an amazing walk home through and amazing city. I have so much to be thankful for. Not going to let anyone or anything get me down today 👍 Life is too short
    happylad13 happylad13 36-40, M Apr 11

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    Now That I've Made The Decision...

    I really must be determined to stick to it. I was just telling someone this exact thing the other day. I also think it's really important to remove people from our lives that we just don't find ourselves happy around. I don't want to spend my time around folks who are on 'auto...
    LadyHawke68 LadyHawke68 41-45, F 3 Responses Sep 19, 2012

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    Right Way To Life.

    Over the past few years I went through some major emotional setbacks and when you feel broken you tend to break everything around you. I did that too. Destroyed everything and then spent my days looking my worst, whining about how tired i was of everything. But this type of...
    DcreativeBUG DcreativeBUG 22-25 7 Responses Dec 10, 2012

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    "I have chosen to be happy

    because it's good for my health." -Voltaire I've seen this quote circulating the internet and various publications for years, it always struck a chord with me. I always wanted happiness, I craved it - mostly (in hindsight I realize) because I thought it was an unattainable...
    icarus06 icarus06 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 13

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    ArguablyLonely ArguablyLonely 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 14

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    Stop Wasting Time.

    I've spent a lot of time dwelling on the unhappy things in life, bringing myself down and getting myself angry. When all this time there have been many happy things to think of instead. I won't lie, there are plenty of unhappy things but I've come to realize that the happy things...
    OnMyTippeeToes OnMyTippeeToes 18-21, F 11 Responses Nov 19, 2011

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    How I Get My Ex Back In 45mins Spell

    I want to share a testimony on how a spell caster (DR.OLUBAM) helped me in getting my EX lover back, I was married to him in 2005, ever since then I was living happily with him, but everything changed when I was unable bore him a child, so last year January I was sent out packing...
    frednard33 frednard33 22-25, M 3 Responses Oct 28, 2013

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    I Am Determined to Be Happy

    It has done nothing but rain sh*t in my life for the last 34 years.    There have been almost no good times in my life, and as devastating as the last few weeks have been for me, I still remain determined to be happy.    No matter how you look at...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Feb 25, 2008

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    oliviaferina oliviaferina 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 14

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    EinEngel EinEngel 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 16, 2013

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    I Have Finally Made The Choice That I'm Going To Smile No Matter What

    I need to declare my happiness no matter what is going on around me! This in itself makes me Realize happiness is is state of mind, a choice, a decision, you have to Wake up and say I'm going to be happy no matter what happens And fake it if u have to! Fake the smile, hopefully...
    Standout04 Standout04 26-30, F 2 Responses May 15, 2012

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    Today I thought and looked back over my past

    'experiences' on ep and it all looked very miserable so I thought of a place where we can put forward things that make us happy. These 10 things make me happy: 1. My dog and cats. No one is ever so happy to see me when I walk through a door! 2. Smiley oven potatoes. Amazing...
    lucygoosy93 lucygoosy93 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 5

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    Today I want to feel genuinely happy,

    happiness and excitement a child feels when it's their birthday. Not a false smile, with those around me irritating me. I would love to know why I feel this way, any suggestions?
    Humanisticchick Humanisticchick 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 24

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    I Am Happy

    Just about all aspects of my life are going well. I am having fun. Everything is working out and coming together. I have a better relationship with my family, I am accomplishing much and have gotten involved with a lot of positive activities. I have good health, a decent job...
    surrealreality surrealreality 31-35, F 7 Responses Apr 4, 2012

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    A Cheerful Life

    I do not want to live an ordinary life, I want to grow toward the light, and I want to make wise choices. I want to live in keen awareness of the miracle of each dawn. I want to fully embrace the sublime beauty of a life injected with wonder and possibility. I want to observe...
    hillbillycrone hillbillycrone 51-55, F 4 Responses Feb 13, 2012

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    yellk1231 yellk1231 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 3

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    Replace negative thoughts and feelings In your

    mind and heart By happy, excellent, positive ones. Eradicate negativism on all internal and external fronts Deny negativism Avoid the pessimists Do not bang your head against the walls Climb them, fly over them, circumvent them Always radiate positive currents of light...
    nivanvc nivanvc 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 9

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    There Is A Time For Everyone And Now Is My Time To..............................

    the lesson I learned and fast here is that I should stay close to home and although I can share my treats and hugs and love with you all.  I am best to stay close to the ones I know are right there for me.   they are the ones that took the time to come find me and...
    Smugit Smugit 22-25 59 Responses Jun 28, 2010

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    On A Happy Note

    What positivity I have is hard come by. I am absolutely not looking for pity, just to share a little of my journey. A journey that started when I was two years old and moved to a rural, poor area that was a million miles away from the city where the family had previously...
    ineedadrink ineedadrink 41-45, M 3 Responses Jun 26, 2012

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    Today is my birthday!

    Sitting here content and happy. No one is here and it's completely quiet. Plans later to go eat.
    Rottenknee Rottenknee 41-45, M 1 Response Apr 11

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    The Best Revenge ...

    Some years ago (11?) I read an article in one of those magazines in a dentist waiting rooms about revenge.  You know the kind of thing - pour paint over his armani suits - remember Mrs Bobbit?  One sentence jumped up and hit me right between the eyes: The best...
    RubyTuesday51 RubyTuesday51 56-60, F 5 Responses Jan 6, 2008

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    I can be happy. :) And

    so I realized most of my stories are depressing. And so I think that maybe most of u can't see that i can be happy. lol. i can be happy guys. Actually i am at the moment. YAY! :D keep safe guys. remember to smile k? :)
    kaaat101 kaaat101 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 28

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    I'm really happy and euphoric about life

    sometimes and other times my thoughts change and I feel really low. But overall, I'm doing much better now than in the past and I'm always working on how to cope better.
    cunninlc cunninlc 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have decided to let go of my past,

    and embrace the future by being happy with the person I am today! 😊
    drama16queen1997 drama16queen1997 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 26

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    What A Twist

    So not even 2 month's ago I was in such a horrible depression bought pills, lots of pills, a few bottles of rum to wash them down with. I was living in a different city with my alcoholic boyfriend, unemployed, alone, no family, nothing. I felt as though I was at the end of my...
    ineedhelp77 ineedhelp77 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 21, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    I was in the 6th grade the last time I went to a youth camp. After that I wen to a public school for the 7th grade. A public school where students are smart. That time, my faith in...
    smferanil smferanil 13-15, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I have decided to just live a happy life being a good person. There are so many things that I have to be thankful for & I do feel blessed
    PyjamaCat PyjamaCat 36-40, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I think I came to an conclusion! Lol, that I got to change how I view everything ! Take on a more positive attitude and complaining about nothing be content in whatever state I'm...
    onlytrusthim onlytrusthim 36-40, M 6 days ago