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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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    ~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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    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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    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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    damn so many messed up stuffs going on right now I desperately need a BREAK! a break away from my life and my MIND. I wish I had a mute button. I keep thinking and its driving me...
    CasseMoi CasseMoi 36-40, F 1 Response 38 mins ago

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    I really hate it!! I do not see the point behind it. I think it is very ignorant and hurtful, and the people who do it are self centered and ignorant, what kind of person does...
    SassyBabe39 SassyBabe39 41-45, F 4 Responses 22 hrs ago

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    May I share some of my own ways of happiness: We are free to share our love to whom and how we can. The same goes with knowledge food and all the goods we have. But god...
    laughingsoul laughingsoul 41-45, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    ive been reading alot of " Christians " debate or argue with atheists. . why are y'all doing that ? ? Heavenly Father will look after all his children yes all islamic atheist or...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Dear Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd of the lambs of God, I need you to come to me today and make me lie down in pastures of green grace, for I have a restless, wandering heart. I need...
    delightfulapricot delightfulapricot 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    So today I went to visit my brother, who is currently in prison. We spent a large part of the visit talking about life and his current state of mind. Every time we speak he is...
    doc6294 doc6294 26-30, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Why do I hate U.S. Conservatism? There are so many reasons, but I will try to keep this brief and expand on it later. I'm not writing this from the perspective of a post modern...
    BlotOutTheSun BlotOutTheSun 22-25, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I would constantly wonder what my life would have been like if I had cut certain people off sooner, gathered the courage to say hello to others, been brave enough to do or say...
    ThatOneGemini ThatOneGemini 16-17, F 3 days ago

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    I believe in God. I witness God'd goodness since I was young. I had been raised a christian- Protestant. As I noticed, ( as I had online friends with people in the whole world...
    greenamythese77 greenamythese77 18-21, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    A LEAP OF FAITH There was once a man who got lost in the desert. The water in his flask ran out two days ago, and he was famished. He knew that if he didn't get some water soon...
    Aryg Aryg 36-40, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    This is so very true. If your happiness depends on any external source out of your control, than it will be inherently tied to it. But the problem is external people and things are...
    NewEra0916 NewEra0916 26-30, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    American society has definitely grown decadent. We're not going to be able to sustain ourselves if we keep going the direction we've been going. Personal responsibility (as...
    onlymortal onlymortal 26-30, M 4 days ago

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    It might be old, back from 1998 but the content is still something worth giving a thought. Enjoy reading statistics presented in an entertaining way. ____ Do Unnatural Acts...
    IBelongToAlison IBelongToAlison 41-45, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I like the imperfections that make some woman uniquely beautiful. Sure perfect skin and silky hair,fit firm body is easy to make appear beautiful. I like real women ones proud to...
    thebustierthebetter thebustierthebetter 46-50, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I believe in Love, and I believe in equal opportunity. Love equality. Everybody deserves a chance at love, its our hearts basic need. That's what we were born for, we spend our...
    PrettyOldSoul PrettyOldSoul 41-45, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    Time is the chance i got. Time is the mean i got. Time is the key to showing you how much i love you. Time is what you need. Time is what i will give you. in time you will learn my...
    msb2015 msb2015 26-30, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Sometimes you gotta realize that there's better days, you just have to have patience :) Happiness is always there. Sometimes you just have to move certain people or things out of...
    Salute2MyFlaws Salute2MyFlaws 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    "So if you're out there I swear to be good to you But I'm done lookin', for my future someone Cause when the time is right You'll be here, but for now Dear no one, this is your...
    svetlanadavina svetlanadavina 22-25 5 days ago

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    We all have a choice ! We believe in Jesus and we are saved or we have the choice not to ..Christians like to call it free will .. But if I point to a door and ask you to go...
    ardentizzy ardentizzy 66-70, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    wintersecret wintersecret 31-35, M 6 days ago

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    I don't think I ever have.. My father was (still is) very religious man and he would take me and my brother to church every Sunday. We would pray, attend to church activities and...
    SuicidalSam SuicidalSam 22-25, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    when I was 14 my older sister would when our parents weren't home dress me up as her little sister. She would get a wig and put it on me, and pick out a really girly outfit. I...
    Sexyrachel1406 Sexyrachel1406 22-25, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    It's what motivates most of my actions.
    KindredKings KindredKings 13-15, M Jul 26

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    That wonderful tingle that bubbles up from my heart space and extends down to my solar plexus and up to my throat. That is the feeling of bliss mingled with a sprinkle of...
    Injoy1767 Injoy1767 46-50, F 2 Responses Jul 26

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    In this life, we have to make many choices. Some are very important choices. Some are not. The choices we make, however, determine to a large extent our happiness or our...
    000Camilla 000Camilla 31-35, F Jul 25

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    Oh life. No matter what, something seems to get thrown at me. Something I'm not prepared for, something unexpected, something highly inconvenient. I was just in the hospital a week...
    Anonymouscoast Anonymouscoast 22-25 1 Response Jul 24

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    When I was in the 5th grade we lived in this small 2 bedroom apt. We lived there for about 5 years I'd say. Strange things would always happen but we thought nothing of it or, we...
    iamyeyo iamyeyo 18-21, M 4 Responses Jul 23

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    This is about suicide. - You can feel it. That's what dying is. Some sort of closure. I can feel it. Beautiful maroons and ceruleans shadowed against my face. I just sat there...
    natarisworld11 natarisworld11 13-15, F Jul 23

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    I read people's struggles, I can relate, I recall my darkest moments, so many years of existing one bad moment after the next. The worst for me was being told that I deserve to be...
    Bythelight0fthemoon Bythelight0fthemoon 36-40, F 5 Responses Jul 22

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    I am pro choice for the following reasons: 1.) having human DNA does not make you a full person. a fetus only a couple weeks into a pregnancy is not a baby. its a bunch of...
    peaceinmiles peaceinmiles 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 22

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    So, how come pro life people will say things against abortion like "you can't make that choice for the baby" Like yes you can. If you have a child you are responsible for signing...
    ThinspirationNation ThinspirationNation 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 22

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    Ok I will address your points as I have time. Pain. All beings with nerves experience pain, but you aren't vegetarian or vegan. Your pro-life perspective is largely influenced by...
    frostyflower frostyflower 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 21

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    I think that to feel completely certain about anything is arrogant, that we only understand a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the Universe and how it works. A few centuries...
    RazzlethemDazzlethem RazzlethemDazzlethem 26-30, T 1 Response Jul 21

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    This is one of the largest groups on EP. And I am curious why this belief is so meaningful to so many EP members and what it actually means to them. I could agree that in a very...
    HistoryMystery HistoryMystery 51-55, M 2 Responses Jul 21

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    This is one of the largest groups on EP. And I am curious why this belief is so meaningful to so many EP members and what it actually means to them. I could agree that in a very...
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    I'm a 16 year old girl and as long as I can remember, I've wanted to be a doctor. And no one will believe I will make it. And that just pushes me further. I love the concept of...
    larellala larellala 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 21