Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, tagged 365 Days of Inspiration, Authenticity and Empowerment, choosing happiness, choosing our responses, conscious emotions, daily affirmations, emotional responses, emotional responsibility, happiness is a choice, tagged better-feeling on May 17, 2015|
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My emotions are a response to my experiences.
How I respond to my experiences is my choice.
I alone am responsible for my emotions.
I live in conscious awareness of my emotions.
I choose how I feel.
I am emotionally responsible.
Happiness – and its counterpart, unhappiness – are the result of an interpretation of an experience. Every experience we have is interpreted by our minds (often unconsciously) as either positive, negative, or neutral and our emotional response is the result of that interpretation. Our emotions are subjective and personal. What makes one person happy (being in the woods, for example) might make another feel frightened. How the experience is interpreted is up to the experiencer. And it is a choice. How do we know it is a choice? Because we can program our reactions to experiences. The person who is fearful of being in the woods can consciously choose to overcome that fear and feel at peace instead. Others in our world contribute to our experiences, offering us opportunities to choose our interpretation and our emotional response, but they are not the cause of our emotions.
While we can not always choose our experiences, we can choose how we react to them. And we can change old habitual patterns of response that may no longer serve us into healthier, better-feeling ones. When we do, we become emotionally responsible, empowering ourselves with our own emotional well-being.
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Posted in Authenticity and Empowerment, Gratitude, Health and Well Being, Living Now, tagged be happy, be happy in the moment, being happy, challenges, choice, choose happiness now, choose to be happy, create a pathway, dont wait for happiness, experience happiness, feel better now, happiness an elusive dream, happiness is a choice, happiness is a natural state, in the moment, in the now, now, pain, shift perspective, struggles, well being, when I fall in love, when I get a new job, when I have more money, when I move on March 16, 2015|
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I choose to be happy NOW.
My happiness comes from within.
My happiness is a choice and a product of my perception.
My happiness is independent.
I am happy NOW.
Happiness is part of our natural state of well-being. No matter what we are we are surrounded by, no matter what we believe we lack, no matter how busy or tired or disappointed we are, we can still be happy. Though struggles and pain can make choosing to experience happiness a challenge, it is always a choice, one made possible by shifting perspectives.
When we set prerequisites for happiness – when I have more money, when I get a new job, when I fall in love, when I retire – we make happiness an elusive dream, one we may never catch up to. None of us know what our tomorrows will bring or how many we have in front of us. What if we wait too long? By choosing to be happy in the moment, just as things are, we create a pathway for the rest to come…and feel better while we’re waiting. We may have to wait for retirement, but no one has to wait for happiness. Happiness is part of who we are already. It’s only a matter of choosing to let it be our dominant expression.
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