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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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    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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    ~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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    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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    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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    Over the last few months I've been focusing on finding more happiness within my life. Being a believer happiness is at some level a choice and mostly comes from within ones self...
    WishfulGuy WishfulGuy 46-50, M 5 Responses Jan 15

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    Happiness is not determined by what's happening around you, but rather what's happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain happiness, but the truth is, it alwayes...
    Zelaleme Zelaleme 46-50, F Jan 4

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    I feel you, like the way you feel me, we know real, it's a big deal, but folks tend to be sour like a dill, claiming it's the life of the trill, subconsciously mad because they're...
    MizzyPilot MizzyPilot 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 16

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    You don't have to wait for an apology to forgive. Life gets much easier when you learn to accept all the apologies you never got. The key is to be thankful for every experience...
    Cheshirea Cheshirea 18-21, F Jan 13

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    This is becoming a huge barrier in communication, education, and culture. People lead their debates with their emotions. No one is given the benefit of the doubt anymore. We (as a...
    dreamingoptimist dreamingoptimist 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 21

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    Rational thought and logical reasoning means you should be able to make a point without having to resort to being mean.
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 21

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    (look at the picture)
    Sparklecat Sparklecat 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 2

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    Don't live your life constricted in your actions, because of what other people may or may not think of you. That is just stupidity. You have the freedom to try new things, wear and...
    Peacepuppy Peacepuppy 22-25, F 6 Responses Jan 7

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    Most people are just harsh, it's a way you go about expressing something to avoid intentionally hurting someone
    ElissaAcosta ElissaAcosta 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 20

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    Good morning.. To all :) Here enjoying my cup of tea.. And what cup you had this morning ..? :)
    Rubired Rubired 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 21

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    Quite often, the successful people who act the happiest are the ones who have overcome the most. Sometimes you have to lose something precious in order to gain something priceless...
    Zelaleme Zelaleme 46-50, F 3 days ago

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    I believe that everything will turn out alright I believe I will make it I believe that I'll find a special someone I believe I will become who I want to be I believe in god I...
    BrightAurora BrightAurora 16-17, M 5 days ago

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    For people interested in reincarnation read the book series by Dr Brian Weiss the first book is Many Lives Many Masters. He had written several books. He is a psychiatrist by...
    Mukwah Mukwah 41-45, F 5 Responses Jan 3

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    Earlier this year I saw a movie, a romantic comedy, about a divorced couple that reunites. There is a scene where the wife is giving advice to a soon to be married young women who...
    ttbridge ttbridge 36-40, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    Happiness....we all crave it and desire it in our lifetime. What happiness to you maybe different for me. What's true is the only one that can make you happy is YOU! Dream your...
    AfanOfbigNaturals AfanOfbigNaturals 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 13

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    Do The Right Thing. Would you like to know the one secret that above all others can change your life forever? Would you like to know the one thing you can do, that will earn you...
    tcennoC tcennoC 51-55, M Jan 17

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    Timeline part 2. All of my metaphysical training and all my observations of the human experience, around the world and in my own life, tell me that there are no coincidences. There...
    bcvegas4u2 bcvegas4u2 66-70, M Jan 21

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    As man sees the world change so quickly before their eyes, new lands, new ambitions and new thought is conceived from our minds. We formulate goals; study ourselves and...
    Enderjones Enderjones 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 10

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    Smiling and Hugging - 2 very nice free gestures!The power of a hug need not to say a word its just a simple gesture that works wonders and make someone feel better! It’s very...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 14

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    I have been in tough situations most of the time...and I always believe that God doesn't exist. ..but somewhere I feel now God comes to us in different ways..in people you met. .in...
    dreamchaser23 dreamchaser23 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 5

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    I was just thinking back about 9 years ago. I went to Paris with my boyfriend. Now I'm not trying to brag but here me out. It was amazing. I had so much fun and love. I got to fly...
    Socal73 Socal73 41-45, M 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    I'm frustrated almost beyond reason at the narrow-minded attitudes people allow themselves to have towards those who are different from themselves. My partner has expressed to...
    lyhoma lyhoma 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 11

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    I see too many couples take their relationships for granted. They forget why they fell in love. They forget the dreams they had and the plans they made. They forget their promises...
    Zelaleme Zelaleme 46-50, F a week ago

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    I want to put with heart of mine away behind a prison wall and lock it away....it makes me feel and do such foolish things....it makes me try and please everyone and make "them...
    SassyBabe39 SassyBabe39 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 11

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    I believe, well I know there are alternate dimensions and realities. As to how I know I'll not say for the sake of not sounding crazier than I have to. As to how they work I...
    GreyBull1 GreyBull1 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 18

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    The chances are that you have already come to believe that happiness is unattainable. But men have attained it. And they have attained it by realising that happiness does not...
    Brendon840 Brendon840 36-40, M Jan 18

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    Through out your life you'll meet several different type of people some who seem to show you there's great people on this earth and others who show you the ignorant selfish close...
    Authentic921 Authentic921 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 8

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    God and me (Nothing but the truth) Every time I find evidence, I end up doubting if its true evidence. But theres always someone telling me its true, I was made this was. I...
    HandyMannyWanny HandyMannyWanny 16-17, M 2 Responses Jan 22

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    I will try to explain my position. I would earnestly like to see Abortion Rates fall but I do not believe that Governmental law can Prevent abortion by way of prohibition against...
    ManifestoOfThePhoenix ManifestoOfThePhoenix 26-30, M 6 days ago

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    Don't lose your dignnity and self -respect trying to make people LOVE and appreciate you, when they just aren't capable.
    Zelaleme Zelaleme 46-50, F 8 hrs ago

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    When Orwell first wrote about 1984, he said there would be telescreen in most rooms, capable of listening in on our conversations... but he was wrong. They are in our pockets...
    AmnesiaPlease AmnesiaPlease 18-21, M 1 hr ago

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    When the time comes and I meet that one special woman.My one and only soul mate.My every day goal and desire would to make her feel a happiness she has never felt in her lifetime.I...
    AfanOfbigNaturals AfanOfbigNaturals 41-45, M Jan 21

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    Life and all its complexities leave us scratching our heads at times. Thankfully, others have been down the same path we are now on, and have left us their wisdom and advice. With...
    McCannT12 McCannT12 41-45, F 2 days ago

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    I met some really wicked people and more of them will follow. We cannot all be the same. Not the way things are going now anyway. If everyone is the same, then how will you draw...
    ElJuan35 ElJuan35 22-25, M 2 Responses 23 hrs ago

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    khaleesi like from game of thrones! I love the show too but come on now
    Buttercupqq Buttercupqq 26-30, F 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    I was in a situation. It stressed me out for a long time, and put a lot of strain on the relationship. Eventually I deciced that I couldn't change his reaction, and there was no...
    GermanMilF GermanMilF 46-50, F 4 Responses Jan 6

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    Somehow I lost my happiness. I used to be fine, but I was only fine because I didn't realize that, really, I wasn't. I was sad, lonely, empty and really pretty miserable. There...
    laurisilva laurisilva 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 20

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    It just hurts so much knowing that there are people out there who are so low that they have nothing better to do than make a person feel bad because they believe in abortion...
    MissJessieGurl MissJessieGurl 18-21, F 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    Life is a complicated thing. No one can prepare you for all the things you’re going to go through, sometimes you just have to learn as you muddle along. You can hope to live a...
    miryam57 miryam57 56-60, F 3 Responses Jan 4

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    The Rapture.. Carol Brooks “Today’s church wants to be raptured from responsibility.” [Leonard Ravenhill] ON THIS PAGE Introduction Does It Matter? Beliefs...
    Cootamundra Cootamundra 70+, M 1 Response Jan 10