Plymouth Congregational Church

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Choosing to be Happy!

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“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Abraham Lincoln

I’ve seen quite a few negative comments on Facebook within the last week or so.  People complaining about all sorts of things – inconsiderate people, stupid people, cold weather, hot weather, politics, sports – you name it.  People just don’t seem to be happy. 

One of the recent “On this day, God wants you to know” messages stated, “Don’t start your day with a negative attitude. It’s hard to understand why so many people wake up each morning feeling defeated when each day holds so much potential. The possibilities that today offers are endless, so eagerly anticipate wonderful happenings. It’s easy to let blessings go by unnoticed if you’re not looking.”

For me, at least, all it takes is one negative thought to get the ball rolling and before you know it, I can be in a bad mood.  I’ve found that sometimes I just need to tell myself to stop it, get over it and be happy.  (Right now, in my head, the song “Don’t’ Worry, Be Happy” is playing – for some reason, that song always irritated me 🙂 

What if we were given a day where we could complain all day long about anything we wanted.  Would that make us happy?  It might make us feel a little better – relieve some pent-up frustrations – but in the end, I don’t think we’d be happier people.  Kathy and Judy, former WGN talk show hosts, used to have a segment on Wednesdays called “Speak Your Piece.”  Callers would be given 20-30 seconds to voice their complaints.  John Williams, another WGN talk show host, has a segment called, “The Bright Side.”  In this segment, people call in with what made them smile during the week.  While the “Speak Your Piece” segments could be entertaining, “The Bright Side” segment always left me feeling better, more hopeful. 

There is a commercial – currently running on TV and one that I can’t remember what company or product it’s trying to promote – but one that asks something like, “What are you doing to get to your happy place?” 

Anticipate wonderful happenings.  Remember what made you smile this week.  Make your mind up to be happy!

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