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I Now Believe That Happiness Is A Choice That We Make

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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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    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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    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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    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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    ~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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    Years ago this important question would soon pave a clearer understanding and journey towards the pursuit of a Meaningful life and Happiness. What is Happiness? Doing something...
    livefreeloveall livefreeloveall 31-35, M Feb 10

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    Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi
    DelightedRaj DelightedRaj 31-35 Feb 11

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    Happiness starts within you. Not with your relationships, not with your job, not with your money, but within you.
    Daydreaming2 Daydreaming2 41-45, F 3 Responses Feb 24

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    The sun shining down and through the window panes after many overcast days; bright, warm rays shining all around, onto my shoulders and onto my closed eyelids. That makes me happy...
    Injoy1767 Injoy1767 46-50, F 2 Responses Feb 6

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    Eventually. One of these days, I'll make a mistake. Until that day comes, I will have faith in the theory that we all make mistakes.
    Some1umayNo Some1umayNo 46-50, M 1 day ago

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    we have all have to give chances to people who hurt you the most even if they need 1 or more chances. God put them in your life to do something not just let them walk away when...
    chelsea1312 chelsea1312 13-15, F Feb 12

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    I'm sitting in my room all alone while listening to Sam Smith's songs. My neighbours are randomly lighting up fireworks and I got a good view of the colourful fireworks from my...
    courtsley courtsley 18-21, F 6 Responses Feb 8

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    Then why do we love someone who we know doesn't deserve us? As some people would Say, you don't really choise or contsmplate whom to love; you just feel it when it come. But...
    Zelaleme Zelaleme 46-50, F Feb 7

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    Courage by Superchick - I told another lie today, and I got through this day no one saw through my games. I know the right words to say like "I don't feel well" "I ate before I...
    krystalkool84 krystalkool84 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 18

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    Sometimes I just gaze into the mirror, staring back at my reflection. As I look into my eyes all I can see is hurt and pain, misery caused by myself and to myself, as if the life...
    lisa2047 lisa2047 13-15, F 23 hrs ago

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    Those people who say I can't help being who I am. Honestly thats bull. From what I learned. You make yourself. Who you are is what you want to be. I accept. but gays nd stuff nd...
    Tognoni2 Tognoni2 13-15, F Feb 20

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    IT's Here. YOURS "for the taking". Just Accept and Believe that, by Pleasing ME, You will Find in doing so YOUR OWN HAPPINESS. Sadly, TOO MANY!! females Want Things THEIR Way. A...
    desireindisguise desireindisguise 56-60 Feb 18

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    Aren't we all? There's opportunities knocking at my door and I feel ready to answer. I'm trying to focus more on where I'd like to be in six months rather than in six years. I tend...
    AshleyJea AshleyJea 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    We have all made choices some good some bad, some we regret later, some we wish we never gave up on. When I was young. I made many poor choices. Drinking, smoking weed, women. I...
    Leeza1964 Leeza1964 46-50, M 1 Response Feb 23

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    Respect is a word that often gets used but is quite difficult to actually define. Most people would tell you they know when they are being treated respectfully, but might have...
    Jenimichel Jenimichel 41-45, F Feb 9

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    My mother decided to finally call me after several times on my end of trying to get ahold of her. She actually didnt talk to me. She told my 5 year hold sister what to say, and her...
    LoveLessOne97 LoveLessOne97 18-21, F a week ago

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    I really believe ! Today I know that in the whole world I have no one . I realize that what a fool am I . Broken heart .whom I will share my everything ! There has no one ! No one...
    TiMe24toGo TiMe24toGo 16-17, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    This is for you. And you, and even you. You are all beautiful souls within. Despite the bad choices made, the self hate, the denial and anguish, there lies the core pureness of...
    WingsofTime WingsofTime 22-25, F 12 Responses Feb 5

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    Interesting question, I'd like to share and answer. Should a woman be forced to leave her church, if she has an abortion? My answer to that is this... If a church kicks anybody...
    CreoleItalianwoman CreoleItalianwoman 31-35, F 16 Responses a week ago

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    The Bible is sufficient. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God And he humbled thee...
    churinga churinga 70+, M 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    Okay I hear some of you laughing already, so I will hit you with some science and a video just to pause that giggle. The elite in society adopt it, the highest leaders from...
    Soroe Soroe 36-40, M 4 hrs ago

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    L0VE is FREEDOM L0ve is not making claim on what is yours. You don't have to take ownership of love. L0ve just exists. It does not require contracts or promises. I have never...
    KaleidoscopeMoment KaleidoscopeMoment 36-40, F 4 Responses Feb 11

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    I was just kind of drifting along here, never looking for anything other than friendship and advice. I have a couple of very dear friends I met through EP, but never really had...
    lovefoundme47 lovefoundme47 41-45, M 3 Responses Feb 18

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    It's not that I don't believe in them but I think it's kinda like saying "Everyone else eats grapes so im gonna eat them too even tho I hate them!"....... People forget that...
    lonewolf2323 lonewolf2323 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 15

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    Happiness has always been the main factor behind everything I do: getting an education, working to make money, going to the gym - all this effort was put in in order to have...
    LisaSV LisaSV 22-25, M Feb 9

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    I have now given up seeking happiness in external factors may they be people or things. Everything external ultimately fail you because nothing is forever. If you rely on yourself...
    Rheasdream Rheasdream 36-40, F Feb 9

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    What irritates me with the mindset of people today is the entitlement to happiness. Over and over I see people acting in blatant disregard of the impact of their actions on others...
    aurora11 aurora11 31-35, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    I don't necessarily believe in the fairytales I was told growing up but I do believe that everyone has a chance finding their happily ever after. Be it love or some other kind of...
    AlexisOwO AlexisOwO 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 7

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    Look, this is my first time writing an entry here. Sometimes you've just got to share some memories/moments or even people in our lives that have set you on your path today. This...
    introvert98 introvert98 16-17, M 3 Responses Feb 9

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    I have a theory that we have multiple “ones.” That there is not just one soul reserved for us to love, learn and go deep with. This was a hard lesson to learn, meeting my...
    Eir89 Eir89 36-40, F 10 Responses Feb 13

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    People need to learn to love them self more often. Every day I hear some one say something in one way or another that puts them self down. I understand that there can be things in...
    AbbyRose25 AbbyRose25 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 19

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    No one else can make you happy, that's up to you. No career or ither person can bring you satisfaction if you are dussatusfied with yourself. Happy or unhappy, fulfilled or...
    Zelaleme Zelaleme 46-50, F 2 Responses Feb 5

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    Of course I do.. some might think they hve given everything, but at the end there's nothing actually.. some say it has to be mad and thrilling, but at the end, that serene calm...
    FaitAccomp1i FaitAccomp1i 70+, M 2 Responses Feb 5

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    I believe things happen for a reason. Life is one big learning lesson, but what you do with it is your choice. Their are many paths to take. Dare I say I have been down many. I've...
    OrchidsNuBlu OrchidsNuBlu 36-40, F 2 Responses Feb 7

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    People who are told that they are certain way so much allows their mind to think that that way is permanent. The mind gets used to the fact that it's just how it is and how it's...
    pwhite83 pwhite83 31-35, M Feb 16

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    All make mistakes. All of us!!! No one is perfect. My husband make the worst mistake of his life. He has trouble living with the fact that he hurt so many many people for...
    Mylifesover Mylifesover 46-50 1 Response Feb 23

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