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A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Happiness is not the byproduct of random events.

It doesn’t happen by accident. You can’t walk into it. You can’t ride it like a horse, or cage it like a bird. In order to be happy you have to make a conscious decision to be so. It bubbles up the surface once it knows you are committed to its presence.

You have to decide to be happy because nature seems to always defaults to the other one. No, you can’t fake being happy. It’s not magic. It’s not a thing. You can’t will yourself or pretend to happy for very long, but happiness it is a real choice. It’s a real state of being. A desire that cultivates the harvest.

Happiness is a choice, not a happenstance.

And it will make you powerful. Not just better, but powerful without measure.

Happiness is contagious. The moment you decide to stop complaining, to stop worrying about how full your cup is, and just embrace your life and its possibilities, you will begin to impact and change the lives of those around you.

People will sense that you’re different It will make them either to become extremely jealous of you and they will pound you into the ground, hoping to snuff out your light, or they will want to warm themselves against your being.

Don’t let people stop you or influence who you are going to be. Don’t let them talk you into believing that your happiness depends on other people or material things. Happiness is a long process, but one begins with the commitment of your mind.

You can be happy if you choose to be happy. End of story.

Thoughts become things. You become who you tell yourself you’re going to be. It takes a little while, sometimes a long while, but eventually your whole being readjusts its course and gives you exactly what you want.

Don’t worry. Be happy.

Be.

Think, choose, and be happy.