Last January (wow, it’s been a long time, but almost feels like yesterday), I made a personal promise to myself to actively “choose happiness”.
Don’t get me wrong — I didn’t mean that I should only pursue things that make me happy. I didn’t mean that I should take the easy road, or overindulge in material things, or walk around with a smile plastered on my face. What I meant was that I would take an active approach to appreciating the things I already had, not lamenting the things that I didn’t. Instead of grieving for the lost opportunities, I would make my own. Instead of worrying incessantly about not having enough money, I would find ways to enjoy what little I have
Instead of looking for the bad in every situation, I would actively seek out the good. I think they call this gratitude or something. I’m slowly learning how to have more of it in my daily life.