My smile is my choice to be happy

Apparently in some parts of the universe, I am known by my smile.

I wasn’t aware of it until people told me but what I am very aware of is that I choose to try be happy.

I believe that happiness much of the time is an inside job.

Being happy and wearing a smile does not mean life is perfect or easy. Not at all.

It does not mean I don’t get scared, hurt, angry, and disappointed. It does not mean I don’t cry or take serious issues very seriously. It does not mean my fears aren’t real or that my dreams comes easily. Believe me, I struggle.

It does not mean I experience no pain or am oblivious to suffering.

It does not mean I don’t experience excruciating frustration and anguish.

I do.

Everyday.

On the contrary, I smile because my sensitivity is acute and my care deep.

It means I choose to be try be happy despite feeling very human with many challenges, imperfections and pressures.

The thing is:

I like myself more when I choose to be happy.

My work is far superior and productive when I choose to be happy.

I am kinder and more giving when I choose to be happy.

I am open-minded and brave when I choose to be happy.

My kids love hanging out with me and we have such fun when I choose to be happy.

My relationships and friendships thrive and grow when I choose to be happy.

My strengths and talents shine when I choose to be happy.

My blessings multiply when I choose to be happy.

I take more risks and try new adventures when I choose to be happy.

I create clear boundaries and know how to say no when I choose to be happy.

I prioritize my time and honor my values when I choose to be happy.

I involve myself in many significant projects that have heart for me when I choose to be happy.

I make a difference to those around me when I choose to be happy.

I positively impact my clients and am inspired by them when I choose to be happy.

I marvel at natural beauty and search for miracles when I choose to be happy.

The world is far nicer when I choose to be happy.

To be happy is a choice. A very meaningful and worthwhile choice.

It’s a conscious and tough decision I make over and over and over again everyday.

With all of life’s twists and turns, ups and downs, highs and lows, I choose to try be happy. It’s not simple but it’s certainly worth it and it takes working exceptionally hard at, but it always beats the alternative.

Happiness is not an automatic response.

It is a carefully thought-out choice.

And if we look hard enough we can always find a tiny reason to smile.

I love to share yours and I hope to always share my smile with you.

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