Every day you have a choice

Every day you have a choice.  You can choose to have a good day, or you can opt to have a bad day.  This is true for each and every one of us no matter how complex your situation.  Once you embrace this concept and know it to be true, it is easy to apply to your life.  The difficulty is in accepting that happiness is a choice.  After all the years you may have spent focusing on the challenges in your life, could the key to finding happiness really be as easy as adjusting the way you perceive events?  I promise you, it is that simple.  

It truly is your mindset that creates your reality.  By adopting an attitude of gratitude, you can change the way you experience life.  Oftentimes you do not have the power to change your external environment.  What you can change is the way you process the things that happen in your daily life.  When something unfortunate happens do you complain about it and take it as an indication of how screwed up your situation is, or do you look at what happened and learn a lesson. 

Different situations teach us different lessons. The lessons can have broad application no matter how specific the circumstance they occur.  Maybe, on a certain day, your boss is a jerk and treats you with disrespect.  A situation like this can be processed in a negative way, stressing how unfair your current work situation is, or you can chose another path.  You can choose to learn from those actions about the type of person you want to be.  Look at the situation and choose to never treat other people the way you were just treated. With this attitude you have taken a negative situation and made it a positive lesson in your life.

In learning this lesson and choosing to process the event as an opportunity to learn rather than an example of dysfunction, you are headed down the road to a happier life. By repeating this process each time you are able, you can begin to change the way your brain processes the world.  What once were frustrations are now opportunities for personal growth.  Soon the outside world no longer can compromise your internal happiness, and that is a wonderful place to be.