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Happiness is a choice, by Karen Little

Three birds of happy choices illustrating the article "Happiness is a Choice" by Karen Little of Sketch-Views

Perhaps you've heard of virtual reality, which, when you wear a special headset, makes you think you have been projected into a different time, place, and emotional sphere.

What you might not realize is that your only reality at any moment is based on your thoughts. Why? Because your thoughts are the only mechanisms that "drive" or "control" your body.

Change your thoughts, and your reality changes with them.

Happiness is felt by your body as joy, elation, hope, and positive anticipation. To trigger the feelings of happiness, you must actively notice the things that make you happy.

If you passively notice things, it means that you are not giving your circumstances much critical thought. This can lead to boredom or depression due to the lack of stimulation. Unfortunately, if you primarily notice things that distress you, you lock yourself into distress.

Our realities and resulting feelings, triggered by virtual or actual activities, are thoughts. Those thoughts might be forced upon you, like through a headset, or of our own selective choices.

Happiness is always based on thought choices. To trigger feelings of happiness and surging energy, no matter what your situation:

  • Acknowledge everything that is currently right or beautiful

  • Make lists of things that you desire and give you pleasure. Choose to pursue them

  • Express your appreciation for the things you like. (This can be called "counting your blessings.")

When you wear a headset, you involve yourself in thoughts designed by outside programmers. Without a headset, you are in charge of your own actions as driven by thought. Failure to think about the things that you love results in the removal of stimulation that makes you happy. To find what you seek, you must first think about what it is that you are looking for, and once you find it, deeply appreciate what you found!


Stuck In A Rut? Sometimes Joy Takes A Little Practice by Michaeleen Doucleff on NPR's "Morning Edition."

The Brain Chemicals That Make You Happy (And How To Trigger Them) by Kaia Roman and reviewed by Sheeva Talebian, MD.

by Sketch-Views with Karen Little


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