Today I am happy. I can’t say that everyday but today is a good day. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss. Happiness is a choice.

Food for thought:

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

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
Marthe Troly-Curtin,

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
Ernest Hemingway,

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
Albert Camus

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

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”
John Lennon

I have spent countless days wishing I were happy. I usually looked outside myself for all my happiness. I wished I were thinner, smarter, more out going, had more friends, did something different with my life. The list goes on. I have had so many blessings in my life that I forget to count. It’s lonely sometimes with having Bipolar disorder. I am not always a good friend, in a good mood, have a positive outlook, dependable but you know what? No body is all that. I used to think it was everyone else that had the stigma of mental illness. It’s been me that had been my worst critic. I am the hardest on myself and expect to much so I end up failing at what I set out to do.

Happiness is a state of mind. The more positive you are, the happier you will be. If you’re the “look for the silver lining” kind of person, you should be happy just in general, it shouldn’t take much to make you happy. There’s much to be said for looking on the bright side of things, especially when you have bipolar. Yes, happiness is definitely possible, even though I have bipolar disorder. Don’t let your bipolar interfere with your happiness. Be happy in spite of it!

I have discovered that what I go through in life is not as important as how I interpret the experience. I have a choice about my attitude. It’s time to stop waiting for others to take care of me. The only person who can love me the way I want to be loved is me. Finding the willingness to believe that joy can exist in our lives today can be very challenging, but until we make room in out hearts for good times, we may not recognize them when they arrive. Nobody is happy all the time, but all of us are capable of feeling good.Today I make a firmer commitment to my decision to be happy.