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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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    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 66-70, M Jan 28, 2011

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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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    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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    ~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 6 Responses Feb 19, 2013

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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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    Nope. After spending my life wishing for nothing more, thinking of love constantly, seeking it, a marriage, many relationships, i feel as if i am waking from a dream. it was all a...
    nighthouse66 nighthouse66 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    Pro life or pro choice? You have the choice to have s3x or not. If you choose to have sex then it becomes your responsibility to give this new life you chose to create a chance at...
    soccer4life777 soccer4life777 16-17, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    If you don't like the reflection in the mirror, then maybe it's time to make some changes.. You're too amazing not to smile, you're to beautiful to smoke or drink.. Don't you...
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    I sometimes question fate.. and what leads us to where we are now. Its funny how a series of choices can affect our lives so much.. from the smallest thing like not going out to a...
    cupcakes1995 cupcakes1995 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    SRECardinalis SRECardinalis 61-65, M 3 Responses Apr 8

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    I have hundreds of experiences I haven't written stories for. But this one I need to even if brief. I agreed with this experience because I know that when I was growing up I was...
    QuestionMarks QuestionMarks 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 26

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    I breathe. My heart beats, pumping blood around my body. Air flows in and out of my lungs. I was born for a reason, we are all here for a reason. We live, love, make connections...
    00FlyingHome 00FlyingHome 41-45, F 6 Responses Apr 11

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    What Did Jesus Say About Evolution? .Did man evolve? Or is he a created being? This debate has raged for years, and has left many Bible readers confused. Yet God’s Word is clear...
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    I am the happiest person in the world right now! signed up for snap chat and my crush has snap chat!!!
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    I rather let myself get hurt than seeing others get hurt.if I have a choice to choose which of us gets hurt,I'll let myself get hurt so that others could find happiness....but...
    Nikki355 Nikki355 13-15, F Mar 29

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    I can't believe that my love sent me again after 7 months!!! He still remember me, miss me and love me!   I'm in shock :-o. I've been suffer every night and struggle with my...
    unknown159231 unknown159231 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    Mumford & Sons.~ Believe ~So, open up my eyesTell me I'm aliveThis is never gonna go our wayIf I'm gonna have to guess what's on your mind. 
    Angelkins Angelkins 46-50, F 2 hrs ago

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    dgrantmhs dgrantmhs 31-35, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Smart Relationships : My approach to build one . Atlast I permitted my boyfriend to enter in my life :) He will live with me in my house along with my family . Love these moments...
    rsushama73 rsushama73 41-45, F Mar 25

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    And I'm far from it. I will tell you everything sincerely and straight up. But, here in Ecuador, I've realized that blood never really makes the family although it can be a huge...
    ConLocura ConLocura 18-21, F Mar 25

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    Ok, my first post may have been a bit harsh. Allow me to explain my stance on this a little more tactfully...Keep in mind it has been almost a decade since I was 13. First things...
    Missdrakerss Missdrakerss 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 14

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    Friends who expect you to remember where they are in life now, who expect you to reply their messages quickly, but who don't do the same in return.. This friend makes me a little...
    thequietexplosion thequietexplosion 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 27

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    Let's try to be happy again.In a world that is cold,we by choices have a right to move to the warmer side..Paying attention to life-to it's beauty,oddity,wonder I hope you would...
    walkingwarrior walkingwarrior 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Although happiness that never perishes, can be found within, yet externally we keep on seeking warmth, care, love and affection. Its power is especially noticed when one is so...
    rockingentleman rockingentleman 26-30, M 4 days ago

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    I look at life as it is like there is this BEAUTIFUL masterpiece of art work that you are Creating... with all the Fine detail you put into it.. and look at this piece of art you...
    Micheael Micheael 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 31

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    Stephenrko Stephenrko 31-35, M Apr 12

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    *REAL INTIMACY IS SHARED UNDERSTANDING OF THE OTHER PERSON* I could have chosen to write this post on "Intimacy is not Always Sexual", or "I Believe come to your life for a reason...
    KaleidoscopeMoment KaleidoscopeMoment 36-40, F 7 Responses Mar 25

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    Weak & powerless I want to let the whole world know that the reason or the cause for all my sufferings and ordeals in life were caused by my own family who do not sound like my...
    Soullesss Soullesss 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 25

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