Can you choose to be happy? YES

flower powerIt is true we can choose to be happy, regardless of the circumstances. It is a mindset, even by saying the words “I choose to be happy.” can change our thoughts and mindset.

I know you are thinking “What about my problems and my worries? How can I be happy when I have all these things going on? No matter what you have going on you can choose to be happy. It might feel weird at first but once you get into the habit of recognising unhappy thoughts and changing them to happier thoughts then it gets easier and life also gets easier too.

Where is the happy place?

You know the saying when something horrible is happening that everyone will say “Go to your happy place!” like when you go to the dentist, or when you are stuck in a boring meeting. Have you ever thought “Where is my happy place? I can’t get there.” Well imagination is key but sometimes we get to a point so low that it even feels our imagination has packed up and shipped out! So how do you get to your happy place? Well if you are struggling it is key to know you are not alone, it can take small steps. The first step is choosing to think and feel differently, then thinking of a time when you really laughed, or think of a time, perhaps on holiday where everything just fell into place. That laughter or feeling peace is your happy place and you can reach it anytime and anywhere.Red Sky

Be happy stay happy.

It is OK to be happy and walk with a spring in your step and maybe a little whistle or a tune! We sometimes worry what others think of us and therefore we will hold back because we don’t want others to judge, we need to shine our light and show off our uniqueness. When we feel happy, we can struggle to stay happy. We think at some point the bubble is going to burst.

Guess what? We all deserve to be happy and enjoy ourselves. We are only here once. Be happy. Remember it is a mindset and a choice. You may be surprised at how many happy experiences come your way when you have joyful thoughts.

What floats your boat? Is it sports, music, looking after animals? We all have a passion that fills us with joy and it about igniting our passion and giving some time to get back to that passion.

I know life has a habit of getting in the way and things don’t always go the way we planned, but it is how we react to life’s challenges that will lead to happiness, the more we practice feeling and choosing to feel a bit happier, the more happy experiences come our way.

Big Smiles.

Smile like you mean it! A big smile can make all the difference, if you are happy show it! It is good to smile and show how sunny you feel on the inside. smiley faceThe smile can have a big impact, smiling is infectious! Everyone no matter what language they speak can understand a smile. Smiling can make you feel instantly happier, so even if you are feeling a bit low, try to rustle up a little grin, because it will be the start of a massive smile.

Being grateful will always instantly make you feel happy. When you are thankful for everything in your life and you focus on all the blessings you have then feeling happy will be natural.

Spreading the happiness.

When you are happy and you show it, others around you can’t help but be happy. Your happy energy will spread like wild fire. Do you know of a really happy person that everyone looks forward to seeing and the energy is lifted as soon as they walk in the room? They have an incredible energy that everyone wants to be around, there is something about them that you think I want to be like that. Guess what, you can be like that. It is about not letting the small niggles get you down, it is about focusing on the fun and the excitement of life.

Children and animals are naturally happy, spend more time with them!

When you complain or feel frustrated then happiness struggles to find you. Sometimes we have developed habits that aren’t good for us in the long run, like gossiping or being over dramatic this can block our happiness as we get what we give!

The good thing is we change this. Start giving out more compliments, it will make you feel good and also the other person.

Plus you will start to notice how many compliments you get back, and you deserve them.

Here are 10 tips to receive happiness and spread the happiness.

  1. Try to go 24 hours without complaining, if you catch yourself doing it Stop!
  2. Look for the good in people.
  3. Write down everything that you are grateful for.
  4. Treat people how you like to be treated.
  5. Shine your light! Don’t worry what others think.
  6. Laugh.
  7. Say a mantra, for example “I choose to be happy.”
  8. Listen to your favourite music.
  9. Don’t let small niggles get you down.
  10. Smile!

Life is meant to be happy and exciting and you deserve the best life.

Make being happy a priority, do something today that makes you smile.


It’s OK to be happy. The world needs more happy people.

Have a good ole belly laugh and try to laugh each day.

Smiling is infectious! Try It!

You deserve to be happy.

Feeling grateful will bring more happiness.

You are unique, shine your light and don’t worry what other people think.

Remember what your passion is, what gives you joy, do more of that!

Be kind to others, offer compliments and be gracious and accept compliments. What you give, you receive back tenfold.

Remember you are amazing.

Love and gratitude to you.

Please feel free to leave comments.

14 Replies to “Can you choose to be happy? YES”

  1. Thanks for this uplifting blog. The smile is truly a global sign that everyone understands. In todays world we definitely need more of this. There is so much negativity out there and the world can do with a Happy revolution. Your tip on going 24hrs without complaining is easier said than done but a wonderful way to check yourself. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you for visiting my site and for your comments.
      You are right we do need a happy revolution!
      Keep the global smile going!
      With Gratitude

  2. Yes, I agree, happiness is a choice. However, some days are easier to choose to be happy than others. I think Gratitude is a big part of being happy. I like your ten tips on receiving and spreading happiness. Specially number two, “looking for the good in people”. I have tried it and it actually makes a different. Thank you for a great post.

    1. Thank you for visiting my site and for the comment. I’m glad you like the tips! Looking for the good in people can definitely make a difference, it can take a bit of practice but definitely worth it!
      Much Gratitude
      Lorraine 🙂

  3. Excellent article. I do know that most of these activities is pretty accurate. I’m not overly negative or anything and generally not a downer, but it’s because I developed these habits in a slightly different form, but the same thing, a long time ago.

    It’s not foolproof and sometimes my anxiety overwhelms me, but it does help. Especially if you take a look at your thought patterns and recognize things.

    For example, I’ve got anxiety disorders. I learned a long time ago, on my own, that my anxiety causes me to worry obsessively about stuff that isn’t really that important. In my head, I know it’s not that big a deal and I’m wasting my life worrying about a minor conversation no one probably thought about after it happened.

    So my advice is to always try to recognize destructive thought patterns and think about it logically. It’s not a cure, it only helps as there are medical reasons for depression and anxiety, but you have GOT to learn to recognize your disorder tricking you. When you recognize it, trying to actively be happy does really help.

    I’m almost never grumpy, I don’t complain except the usual ranting with frustrating things, and even anxious I remember it’s my brain being confused about a flight or fight response being needed all the freaking time. I refused to dwell on it. I don’t beat myself up over my disorder.

    I understand it isn’t my fault I have anxiety, but I can choose how I respond to it. I choose to always look at a positive in every negative. Even the worst day of the year, I can make a lame half-hearted joke about at least “I still have a job” or something, anything positive. I learned to look beyond the negative. “Well, my car was totalled. Boy, I’m lucky! I didn’t get killed.”

    So I do okay because while it won’t work every time, I’m now an optimist and it’s much better 🙂

    Thank you for the article. I’m also going to post a link on my personal FB account. I REALLY like the article. 🙂

    1. Thank you for visiting my site. Thank you for your comment and your insight. You are very inspirational as it feels like you have been through a lot and have managed to turn things around. Your optimism really shines through so thank you so much for your honesty and taking the time to comment and forward the post. Wishing you success and happiness.

      Much Gratitude

      Lorraine 🙂

  4. Great article you have here. I definitely agree that happiness is a choice, and that by choosing it and following a positive attitude you will harbor positive results. Expressing positive energy does in fact make it somewhat contagious in my opinion.

  5. I chose to be happy and i feel great!
    Thanks so much Lorraine for this article! I enjoyed reading it. I believe that being happy is a choice, it`s a state of mind. Whatever circumstances we have right now.. you can either soak yourself to sorrow.. or just be happy and thankful that you are where you are now, because that is only temporary.. be excited and happy on what`s next!
    All the best to you!

    1. Thank you Hanna for visiting my website and your comments. I agree about being excited and happy for whatever is coming next!

      Much Gratitude to you 🙂

  6. Hey there! Thank you for this article. I’m usually not an angry person but do complain a lot. Not sure why! Will definitely try not to complain so much haha.

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