by - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Who decides whether you shall be happy or unhappy? The answer- you do! Abraham Lincoln said that people were just about as happy as they made up their minds to be. You can be unhappy if you want to be. It is the easiest thing in the world to accomplish. Just choose unhappiness. Go around telling yourself that things aren’t going well, that nothing is satisfactory and you can be quite sure of being unhappy. But say to yourself: ‘things are going nicely. Life is good. I choose happiness, and you can be quite certain of having your choice.”
      Children are more experts in happiness than adults. The adult who can carry the spirit of a child into middle and old age is a genius, for you will preserve the truly happy spirit with which God endowed the young. Many of us manufacture our own unhappiness. Of course not all unhappiness is self created, for social conditions are responsible for not a few of our woes. Yet it is a fact that to a large extent by our thoughts and attitudes we distill out of the ingredients of life either happiness or unhappiness ourselves.
          End note: choose to be happy.
Excerpt from: The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman vincent Peale

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