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I Now Believe That Happiness Is A Choice That We Make

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    Baloney

    I thought I was "happy" for years pursuing all the things that were bad for me, and looking for "myself" in them. It wasn't till I hit a wall doing such things and taking a personal inventory to find out I was committing suicide on the installment plan and why I was doing it in...
    StarWanderer StarWanderer 56-60, M Jul 31, 2013

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    Yeah...

    That's not to say there aren't people who are unhappy with good reason; lots of people have a really hard time and perfectly good excuses to be unhappy. However, lately I've found that, if I make a conscious decision to ACT happy, even if I don't feel it (for example because...
    InvariableAlteration InvariableAlteration 22-25, F 17 Responses Dec 7, 2009

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    Get Your Mind Out Of The Hospital

    Pain is a wrong perspective. When it is experienced in any form, it is a proof of self-deception. It is not a fact at all. There is no form it takes that will not disappear if seen aright. For pain proclaims God cruel. How could it be real in any form? It witnesses to God the...
    StarWanderer StarWanderer 56-60, M Aug 1, 2013

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    Happy Accidents

    I have been through alot in my 39 years. Like many others, I know the pain and heartache and struggles life can bring. I think my positive attitude and sense of humor are what have gotten me through. It is not always easy to keep a positive attitude. It is easy to ask, "...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 11, 2009

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    ~No Excuses Please~

    This story is for healthy capable people who choose to whine and complain. If no one loves you, love someone who has no one. If you are lonely and broke, walk to the nearest nursing home and talk to someone who has not had a visitor for years. If you are hungry, volunteer at...
    hillbillycrone hillbillycrone 56-60, F 8 Responses Feb 19, 2013

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    Yes It Certainly Is

    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

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    I've observed over the years that the most successful people tend to also be the happiest. One might say they are happy because they are successful but I suggest the reverse...
    jinglesmountjoy jinglesmountjoy 41-45 Oct 1

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    What is life ? They said : it's something Between B to D (Birth to Death) but between B and D there is C. C : It's your Choice. 🌺Make the best choices in your life 🌺
    Halle2015 Halle2015 36-40, F Sep 28

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    If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Being hurt is something you can’t stop from happening, but being...
    MzPhoenix MzPhoenix 31-35, F 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    Part 1 God bless everyone. Have you talked to god? Tell him all your worries and don't be afraid. He wants to help so call him. He loves you. I want to share with you guys...
    MarGuz5334 MarGuz5334 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 13

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    Alright, so I have thought about this and finally decided that it is time to make a decision on my religious status. I never was a christian nor do i believe in any religion. I...
    Mightyzaxor Mightyzaxor 18-21, M 3 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    I just wrote a story in another place about "happiness." Yes I have been trying to find that elusive thing they call happiness for quite some time now...just when I think I have...
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 10

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    I did not think you could have an emotional connection without touching that person but I have one and with a very special person. Quite unique I shall say because it is our...
    uncorkyoursoul uncorkyoursoul 56-60, M 2 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    Once i wrote about my faith on my life goes exactly as He planned. It was a simple 6 word of memoir. I was suprised the attention that it received. Have you watched The Curious...
    ParkerMaguire ParkerMaguire 26-30, M 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    Hi there Ep world I just thought id take a minute and reflect on the good in people and remind you...yes you the reader that it is within your power to make someone else in this...
    ChasingSuperman ChasingSuperman 26-30, M 3 hrs ago

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    I want to speak, from my heart, about the very complicated topic of abortion. I realize that most people will read this with their beliefs and not truly hear what the Spirit would...
    OnewithJC OnewithJC 36-40, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Everything has changed this past 10 months! I had an epiphany, the real, awe-inspiring, shell-shocking revelation that we tend to see in movies etc. I am not kidding you right now...
    Tearystar1027 Tearystar1027 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 10

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    Personal Privacy Rights vs. Safety Nowadays , we find ourselves faced with choices we have never had to make before as Free People , and a Nation that was built upon certain...
    TsavoHunter TsavoHunter 36-40, M 1 Response Oct 15

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    Getting on my soap box!! Just read an article about pastors being forced to marry gay peeps in Idaho. Now I will start off by saying I'm a lesbian, I believe in equality, and I...
    aquagrl aquagrl 31-35, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I believe that EVERYONE deserves a tax break. Therefore, being a rational human being, I believe that Disability Nationalism makes a lot of sense. First, currently you pay a lot of...
    CrippledAvenger CrippledAvenger 41-45, M 3 hrs ago

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    I am a very liberal, pro choice, Christian. I know to some this is a huge oxymoron, however I'm wondering if anyone out there shares the same values.
    feministicbabe16 feministicbabe16 18-21, F 2 hrs ago

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    At my age, it's time to wake up, and face reality. It's time to grow up and stop whining. I'm embarrassed to admit what was going on in my mind for the past couple years. Part of...
    Levi1 Levi1 13-15, M Sep 28

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    I believe i'm experiencing "tough love" at the moment. For a few years now I have been suffering with the occasional panic attack, and extreme drop in mood levels. There is...
    PurpleGlassPalace PurpleGlassPalace 26-30, M 4 Responses Oct 5

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    Yeah, this one is vague right now, lots of people have happiness as a goal in life, and they strive for it, and it often eludes them, but it struck me - or I remembered - what is...
    dontcareforlabels dontcareforlabels 41-45, M 2 Responses Oct 8

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    I think of all of the directions I could go with my life. And it seems that in any direction I take part of myself will be compromised. I'll never be able to make every aspect of...
    alyssakayart alyssakayart 18-21, F Oct 15

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    Look I don't hate New Zealanders, it's not for me to judge them, I even have a couple New Zealanders in my family. But the truth is they chose to be New Zealanders look at every...
    incessantecho incessantecho 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 16

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    Everything was said and done and yet I still feel hanging; hanging with the emotions still burning and killing me. Several weeks had passed so I do not know why I am still here...
    FreeyourSoul FreeyourSoul 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 26

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    We live in a world where we put more faith in what could be, than we do in reality. I am pro choice. This doesn't mean I only support the choice to abort. I support the choice to...
    TheComplication TheComplication 16-17, M 3 Responses Oct 16

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    Reading back through my previous posts, I cannot believe how stupid I was for allowing myself to stay miserable for so long. I was in a relationship that made me lonely and...
    lulublue2222 lulublue2222 26-30, F 3 days ago

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    AaT FirSt siGhT       It would seem that our world and existence in it is purposeless...this is rather absurd for everything should have purpose except perhaps cats.     In...
    Enlightener Enlightener 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    AaT FirSt siGhT It would seem that our world and existence in it is purposeless...this is rather absurd for everything should have purpose except perhaps cats. In the...
    Enlightener Enlightener 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I am a stubborn! I only learn after falling in my mistakes and getting it. My parents used to [and still] complain LOTS about how wild and free spirit I was, very hard to control...
    StrongWoman9 StrongWoman9 31-35, F 1 day ago

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    I try hard to be nice to everyone, and I enjoy it. Like people working in stores (anything retail), cashiers, business clients or waitresses (much less lately as I haven't even...
    milehighHeartbreak milehighHeartbreak 31-35, M 6 hrs ago

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    I do not believe in god for my own reasons, and it is not to offend others who do. What I have seen over the last while, people who do not believe in God are discriminated...
    SassyBabe39 SassyBabe39 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 30

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    A couple of months back I was offered a promotion at my job and I took it. At the time I was working 2 part time jobs so I was relieved to find out that I can quit one and just...
    MaryAlias MaryAlias 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 10

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    Hey mom, it's been a long time since we've seen each other, and even longer since we've spoken. I was 17 when I moved out, you said nothing, when Chrystal died and you showed up at...
    CongratulationS CongratulationS 22-25, M 4 Responses Oct 4

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    .. Tonight im thoughtful... A bit sad..... A bit tired..... Never be afraid to stay true to yourself around the people you love and care for..... Never be afraid to tell them when...
    sunpea sunpea 36-40, F 1 day ago

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    So I was looking up the news right now and listen to this: "With less than 10 clinics now open across the state, Texas may no longer be able to satisy a woman's desire to...
    christfukk christfukk 26-30, F 15 Responses Oct 5

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    There is beauty in all, and there is the ugly. Neither exist in solitary corners. Neither can survive without the other. There is balance in all thing, and we seek equilibrium...
    WingsofTime WingsofTime 22-25, F Oct 11

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    I just read an article on Facebook bashing women that have had abortions. Written by a man, of course, but I'll get back to that. Apparently terminating a pregnancy because the...
    kay5262 kay5262 18-21, F 9 Responses Oct 13

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    Yes I believe in God. But not the God of religions who demands he be worshiped or else you'll go to hell. I believe in the God that created our souls. That created love. That...
    NotMuchGoingOnHere NotMuchGoingOnHere 18-21, F 12 Responses Oct 17

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    I don't believe in happiness in love.I used to but now not so much. I believe that love brings us pain and honestly in my opinion all of the great loves are sad. And for something...
    ThatBlueOwl ThatBlueOwl 16-17, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    I do not believe that raising children in a certain religion is wrong. I believe that having a child gives you the right to teach that child whatever you desire to. Saying that...
    TheGirlFromJupiter TheGirlFromJupiter 18-21, F 10 Responses 4 days ago

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    LIFE THROWS ITS CURVE BALLS. WHAT DO YOU DO? JUST LAY DOWN AND PLAY DEAD, OR JUMP BACK ON THE HORSE AGAIN, AND KEEP RIDING........... AFTER SOME PEOPLE HAVE ALL READY TRIED (DRUGS...
    sweetc123 sweetc123 36-40 1 Response Sep 27

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    Is it really the good ones that live long and prosper? Is it that all the ill people are bad and deserve it? Have you really seen any evidence that anyone gets what they 'deserve...
    dispossessed dispossessed 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 6

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    I was adopted when I was 4. I had been with them since I was 2 1/2. I don't remember anything before that. I had a very good life, growing up. My parents always loved me, even...
    Luvhugeuptop Luvhugeuptop 46-50, M 1 Response Oct 9

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    In the life I believe we have no destiny it is what we choice have you ever thought of parallel universe you could be your opposite you could be a hero or a villain you could be...
    Erentitan Erentitan 13-15, M 3 Responses Oct 15

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