I Know That My Happiness Begins With Me

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    Yes, It Begins With Me

    This man: http://www.barryneilkaufman.com has taught me how to be happy from within myself just by deciding to be happy and NOT unhappy. It's a choice! I spent most of my life expecting or waiting for happiness to arrive from outside of me. There is reason for this which goes...
    jimrich jimrich
    70+, M
    Jan 28, 2011

    Iam very happy today

    and i dont know why ....
    Zainabomer Zainabomer
    16-17, F
    Nov 25, 2015

    Care about what other people think

    and you will always be their prisoner.
    teachocolate teachocolate
    41-45, F
    13 Responses Sep 18, 2014

    Be Happy!

    Happiness comes from within. As a person, I try my best to be happy all the time by living in an optimistic life. I always look at the brighter side of life. I always trust God's will. It may seems like a perfect idea than never trying at all. Honestly, it is hard to do once...
    Blackwhiteblue Blackwhiteblue
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 29, 2013

    When Will I Be Happy

    The passed weekend taught me to started looking inside of myself for my own happiness. To many of the times I look for stuations, having thing, getting things, the way the day goes, and the way other people fill to make me happy. By that being the case if leaves hardly ever being...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Apr 9, 2012

    Less Is More

    Again I lean toward this group because of the continual changes that I am going through with my life. It all started in April of this year when I lost my husband. It forced my hand into changing pretty much every aspect of my life, and how I handled those changes. I realize it...
    TakingMyTime TakingMyTime
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Nov 20, 2010


    Happiness is a gift that we can all enjoy if we choose to; it enters your life when you let your thinking patterns take a more positive angle. Rather than coming to negative conclusions hastily, the key is taking time to think about a situation in its entirety. A new angle will...
    Nikollet Nikollet
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Jan 2, 2013

    A C C E P T A N C E

    I think this is the biggest primitive hurdle that we must overcome in our lives. It’s really phenomenal when you think about it. You have to accept so much in this world. You have to accept on a very basic level that there are good people and there are bad people. I have...
    TakingMyTime TakingMyTime
    51-55, F
    1 Response Oct 31, 2010


    It does begin with me, but remains elusive.
    mizzen123 mizzen123
    46-50, M
    Mar 25, 2013

    I live my life, how I want.

    And **** everybody. Because I'am the one who has to die, for the way I live. " Not Them" And the sooner you grasp that. The faster you'll be at enjoying your life, with less stress & heartache. So enjoy Life the way you want. And always remember " F T W "
    46-50, M
    1 Response Dec 24, 2013

    It Seems Like

    I have always for the most part have been happy being in my own skin.  Even through all the bad things that have went on in my life, i still love being in this skin.  I never really knew how to be popular or anything like that.  People tend to be intrigued by me...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jan 17, 2009

    But There Recently Came a Point When I Had to Stop Pretending

    I got tired of pretending when the support I thought I had went somewhere else. I didn't think they would be the person that I became dependent on, but they were, and Im sorry for that. I opened up a lot of old wounds and then was left stranded with no one to help me fix me...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Nov 20, 2008

    How To Capture The Moment Of Happiness

    I wish that i had a camera that can capture my feeling of happiness So when i am down i can remember the exact feeling
    Drdreams Drdreams
    36-40, F
    1 Response Sep 26, 2013

    The Pebble In My Shoe

    Of course my happiness begins with me.  The pebble in my shoe is there to remind me that I have more than just a beginning to live for.    
    juan1966 juan1966
    46-50, M
    6 Responses Feb 9, 2009

    I Enjoy Singing To My Little Boy.

    I used to sing to him before he was born so he would get to know my voice and now when I sing to him he is calm and quiet. It is strange how it affects him. Sweet really. He just hangs on to me and I could sing to him for hours and he won't make a peep. Just watches me as I move...
    feistypepper feistypepper
    26-30, F
    Dec 16, 2012

    I'm living a life where I hang on your every

    word My happiness controlled by your actions Thoughts only of you Im no longer happy I'm no longer me Just an extension of your life to be played with and put aside at your will. I sit here unable to move Disabled by your lack of consideration You probably don't know what...
    46-50, F
    1 Response Nov 30, 2014

    Help From Life And Love Coaches

    I'm 54 and she's 52. We both are ending a bad marriage. We have a long and storied history of 35 years that you may read on other posts that I have made. Her: Lives in Colorado, married twice, last marriage of 19 years involve have two children. Her marriage has been bad for 16...
    fishingtime fishingtime
    5 Responses Feb 21, 2012


    I believe that we control our own destiny  but also that a higher power opens and closes doors. The choice of going thru a door is up to us. My happiness depends on choosing the door. It also depends on doing the right thing as opposed to self indulgence Think of others...
    deleted deleted
    Dec 6, 2009

    I've decided to try to change.

    I've become bitter and petty since I lost my husband nearly three years ago. I've decided to try to be the person he fell in love with instead of this monster I've become. It's only been a few days but I've already noticed a difference! People are calling me sweetheart again...
    tammynsparkles tammynsparkles
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Nov 11, 2015

    I have just quit a job

    that took up my life and my happiness and am determined to find myself again. I will only do things that I love and be around people that I love. Happiness will shine out of my face like moonbeams!
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jan 13, 2015


    We all are looking for happiness. It is our ultimate goal, from experience; I realized happiness is not constant. We can’t be happy every second of our life. Happiness and sadness are 2 sides of coin. If we are looking for happiness, we must learn to deal with sadness as well...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Sep 22, 2013

    Boyfriend Is A Drug Addict

    so i caught my boyfriend doing drugs in the bathroom. not a suprise because he has a drug problem. i have been with him for a year and a half and its just one lie after another. i dont know what to do any more. he is already in aa and drug classes because of court but that doesnt...
    Feb 18, 2013

    Happiness depends on ourselves.

    ~Aristotle True dat ;)
    SauceGirl SauceGirl
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Jan 2

    Happiness Is Within Me

    i like myself more today than any other time in my life. i can relate better to people and in a positive way, unlike ever before. Because of this i actually feel a part of other people's lives. i deal with conflict in a fundamentally much better way than before and i can be...
    Josie06 Josie06
    56-60, F
    5 Responses Apr 9, 2009

    My Happiness Begins With Me... and It Ends With You

    I know that my happiness begins with me, but I'm tired of having that recognition used against me; this mantra should be issued as an encouragement, not an accusation.  I keep having hurtful interactions with a certain someone who, when I am upset by unkind...
    astrophellana astrophellana
    31-35, F
    1 Response Feb 6, 2009

    I begin to take more time

    for myself and do things I love and that's just great. I feel happy for thinking about myself first for the first time. If I begin to get sad I just do something I love and I am kind of proud of myself and happy.
    sammyismyname sammyismyname
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 17, 2015
    46-50, F
    Jan 6, 2015

    I can't remember the last time I ever truly

    changed something about myself. I always look for what other people see in me, but never what I see. I want to be happy, but a lot of times I just give up before even trying. I'm going to give it one last try and see where it gets me.
    BlondeGirlBunny BlondeGirlBunny
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 17, 2014

    Do You Know Where to Find Your Happiness

    I have a lot of people that I chat with on here a lot and this core group of people have inspired me to write a about a lot of topics.  Sometimes the inspiration is for just one person and then other times I think that others might want to read what I share with my friends...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
    41-45, F
    35 Responses Nov 20, 2008

    Assurance Of A Happy Life.

    I think the art of contentment is the recognition that the most satisfying and the most dependably refreshing experiences of life lie not in great things but in little. The rarity of happiness among those who achieved much is evidence that achievement is not in itself the...
    gr8jesus gr8jesus
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Feb 11, 2011

    Just A Little Rant...

    I suppose this rant (uh, I mean story) will come as no surprise to the Epeeps who know me.  I also suppose that I should probably just shut my trap and let it pass, but there is something that nags at me every time I see it mentioned on this site.  I believe it’s an...
    deleted deleted
    11 Responses Aug 18, 2011

    Make A Difference

    Don't put your peace, your joy and your life on someone's hands, absolutely nobody. We are free, we don't belong to nobody and we can't expect that someone can make our wishes, wills or dreams become true. We are the only who can make it...Your inner peace is your mark of life...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Dec 5, 2009

    Happiness is when what you think,

    what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi
    DelightedRaj DelightedRaj
    31-35, M
    Feb 11, 2015

    Yes It Does...

    It is really easy to fall into the trap of believing that we will find happiness in things outside of ourselves such as drugs, relationships, beauty, work, etc. I am now at the point where I am starting to see how this has played out in my own life. Although the above things are...
    lifeisanillusion lifeisanillusion
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jan 30, 2011

    The Beginning And The End

    I am the beginning and the end of my own happiness, The only one who can make the concious choice, I am the one who needs to decide enough is enough. The act of being happy is as hard as one makes it, As simple as turning on a light-switch, But only if I am willing to be my...
    TheWanderingSupertramp TheWanderingSupertramp
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Nov 21, 2010

    Only Happiness Here

    A friendly smile, a kindly wave A cheery disposition To cultivate happiness every day Shall be your new found mission Hold only thoughts that serve you well And banish all the rest They have no place inside your head This will surely prove a test Fight bravely on and steel...
    CMA1234 CMA1234
    46-50, F
    Jul 15, 2012

    Small Victories

    I have spent a lot of time lately trying to figure myself out. A necessary exercise, considering the Himalayan highs and cavernous lows that I have experienced lately.47, going on 14, would aptly describe me. You see, I have never, in my 47 years of existence, lived completely on...
    PeachesGalore PeachesGalore
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Nov 24, 2012

    5 Minutes A Day

    While we lay in bed at night, waiting to fall asleep, we could easily spend what could be the best 5 minutes of the day.I wrote the following breathing exercise to help sleep uninterrupted from bad dreams, stress, anxiety or tension.Try this!Lay on your back with one or both...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    1 Response Dec 21, 2012
    thoughtfulheart thoughtfulheart
    46-50, F
    Sep 17, 2014

    there comes a time when you just have to decide

    enough is enough. I have to let go, there is nothing about us that makes me happy anymore. I need to realize its okay to be alone...
    Mj13ahestrella Mj13ahestrella
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 14, 2015

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