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I Now Believe That Happiness Is A Choice That We Make

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 53 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    I know what I've been searching for SUCH a long time. I have the answer. I know how to reach happiness. The answer is staring you at your face; I bet you would not have guessed it...
    JavierHunting JavierHunting 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 25

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    This song describes exactly what I feel at this moment!! Thank you Jessie for sharing this song with me today! I could feel your love!! I've never been so sick in my life, and I...
    vaylorie vaylorie 46-50, F 2 Responses Nov 26

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    This is a song that is very dear in my heart .. it's a song I shared with my sweet mother the day before she passed. We both loved the message of the song and...
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    If you can find the time, will you wait for me? You've opened the chest of my life while I watched you, only to find the expression on your face that there was nothing inside...
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    Thank you Johnny .. your such a gift! I'm so thankful for you sharing your life with us. Your music is the stuff legends are made of .. your words are the stuff...
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    Music is the reason I'm alive, and no I'm not one of those kids listening to all punk slitting their wrists putting on a fake smile for all to see, I'm genuine and I listen to...
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    Honestly music is the reason why I'm still here, it makes me feel less alone and that people understand. People say my music is trash..that bands are garbage, I say it's my savior...
    XxBadXVibesxX XxBadXVibesxX 13-15, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    So, would you come within me...? I'm heading to a warm bath...
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    Margaretxo Margaretxo 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 12

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    vaylorie vaylorie 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 26

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    Whitney really knows how to build you up! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dsYuqffq4GM
    StunningPhoenix StunningPhoenix 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    missyluvsmissy4me missyluvsmissy4me 41-45, F 4 days ago

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    My parents are hard-workers. They always have been. They still are. My father is a long distance trucker. He’s been doing it for 40+ years. He’s nearing 70 now and guess what...
    sls84 sls84 26-30, F Nov 23

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    furmal furmal 26-30 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Never get tired of doing little things to others, because sometimes those little things may mean so much to them. That's why I won't get tired of sending my little to you. Don't...
    rogi4u rogi4u 36-40, M 14 hrs ago

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    I believe that most of us have a purpose in life but are without a clue about what it is?! After a lot of soul searching...I have found a personal truths which are; Getting out...
    Shewolfie69 Shewolfie69 36-40 1 Response 13 hrs ago

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    I definitely believe in the power of prayer. Because of it God has seen me through the storms of my life. Over four years ago my mother-in-law passed away. She was like the...
    RhodeIslandLady RhodeIslandLady 56-60, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    meadowes meadowes 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    LeanMean LeanMean 41-45, M 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    I love to laugh... I gravitate towards friends that can make me laugh... I find it very attractive when a guy can make me laugh. I'm not talking about the fake laugh that comes...
    Dahlia2020 Dahlia2020 31-35, F 6 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    Lateralus07 Lateralus07 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 27

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    xFreeSpirit23 xFreeSpirit23 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 2

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