Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Quote of the Week

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”  Dalai Lama

Do you know anyone who is always cheerful? Someone who looks on the bright side of any situation and usually manages problems with ease and efficiency? I once asked a consistently bubbly coworker how she could show up every morning with smiles and compliments for everyone, despite what she had done the night before, or what we were facing at work that day.

“It’s a choice I make every morning,” she told me. “I choose to make each day as good as it can be because we don’t know how many we will have.”

Her response has stayed with me for many years and after pondering the Dalai Lama’s quote, I understand how our actions and life decisions - like choosing to start every day on a positive note - determine if we are happy or not. If happiness is a choice, why do so many of us choose to be unhappy? Why would anyone want to feel bad? The choice is clear to me. If everyone woke up each day and put a smile on his or her face, what a different world it would be.

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