Choose to Be Happy

Based on my observation over the past 70+ years, attitude is strictly a choice.  We can choose to be happy or we can choose to be unhappy.  We can choose to be angry or we can choose to feel peaceful.  Granted, there are things that happen in our lives that we can justify any feeling we want.  How we react to these situations is strictly up to us, for we have Agency.  No one can force us to be angry or unhappy or any other emotion.  It is simply a choice we make.  Agency to choose is a gift from God.

From my earliest recollections, I have tried to be happy and if you ask Gretchen, who knows me better than anyone, she would tell you that for the most part I am.  As a child, I remember consciously thinking life was a lot easier to deal with if I chose to be happy.  As I watched others who seem to always be angry or unhappy create contention in their lives particular with people they loved, I chose to be happy.  I found it was more enjoyable to spend time with happy people than to be with contentious and unhappy folks.  As you are happy, others will want to be around you.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is often referred to as the Plan of Happiness.  This leads me to believe that Heavenly Father wants us to be happy here in our existence upon the earth.  I see living with Him in Heaven as a time of great happiness and joy.  If that is our goal, then we should be practicing this attribute here on earth.  You will be amazed at how much joy in your life happiness will bring.

There are some catchy lyrics to a song that goes “Don’t worry, Be Happy!”  This seems to be great advice.  If you want to bring light into your life, my suggestion to each of you is:

Choose to be Happy!


Jan and Gretchen Graf

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