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January 27, 2009

The Joyful Decision - The Traveler's Gift 5

The Traveler’s Gift
by Andy Andrews

Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success 5

© 2002 Andy Andrews


Today I will choose to be happy.
Beginning this very moment, I am a happy person,
for I now truly understand the concept of happiness.

Few others before me have been able to grasp the truth
of the physical law that enables one to live happily every day.
I know now that happiness is not an emotional phantom
floating in and out of my life.

Happiness is a choice.

Happiness is the end result of certain thoughts
and activities, which actually bring about a chemical reaction
in my body. This reaction results in a euphoria, which,
while elusive to some, is totally under my control.

Today I will choose to be happy.

I will greet each day with laughter. Within moments
of awakening, I will laugh for seven seconds. After even such a small
period of time, excitement has begun to flow through
my bloodstream. I feel different. I am different!

I am enthusiastic about the day. I am alert to its possibilities.
I am happy! Laughter is an outward expression of enthusiasm,
and I know that enthusiasm is the fuel that moves the world.
I laugh throughout the day. I laugh while I am alone,
and I laugh in conversation with others. People are drawn
to me because I have laughter in my heart. The world belongs to
the enthusiastic for people will follow them anywhere!

Today I will choose to be happy.

I will smile at every person I meet. My smile has become
my calling card. It is, after all, the most potent weapon I possess.
My smile has the strength to forge bonds, break ice, and calm storms.
I will use my smile constantly. Because of my smile, the people
with whom I come in contact on a daily basis will choose to
further my causes and follow my leadership. I will always
smile first. That particular display of a good attitude will
tell others what I expect in return.

My smile is the key to my emotional make up. A wise man once said,
“I do not sing because I am happy; I am happy because I sing!”
When I choose to smile, I become the master of my emotions.
Discouragement, despair, frustration, and fear will always
wither when confronted by my smile. The power of who I am
is displayed when I smile.

Today I will choose to be happy.

I am the possessor of a grateful spirit. In the past, I have found
discouragement in particular situations, until I compared
the condition of my life to others less fortunate. Just as
a fresh breeze cleans smoke from the air, so does a grateful spirit
remove the cloud of despair. It is impossible for the seeds
of depression to take root in a thankful heart.

My God has bestowed upon me many gifts, and for these I will
remember to be grateful. Too many times I have offered up
the prayers of a beggar, always asking for more and forgetting
my thanks. I do not wish to be seen as a greedy child,
unappreciative, and disrespectful. I am grateful for sight
and sound and breath. If ever in my life there is a pouring out
of blessings beyond that, then I will be grateful for
the miracle of abundance.

I will greet each day with laughter.
I will smile at every person I meet.
I am the possessor of a grateful spirit.

Today I will choose to be happy.

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  1. I needed to read this today. Have been facing a rough time in my life. Reading this has been uplifting. Never thought of happiness being a choice. But it's right. I can choose to be happy and get out of this rut.

    Thanks for listening and sharing this.


  2. I love this poem, indeed. Really touching. Happiness is always a choice, like Mildred Barthel's quote : "Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response."

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem, Hugo & Roxanne. :)

  3. Hi Hugo & Roxanne .. this is a post after my own heart .. & name! Hilary = hilarious .. happy.

    I laugh with my Mum and she laughs with me .. we keep cheerful and positive ..

    Laughter is good medicine too .. we get exercise! and we look at life differently ..

    I'm looking forward to reading Andy Andrews' next two Gifts .. they are so enlightening - thanks for sharing with us ...

  4. I love it. Today, I choose to be happy. Thank you for once again saying exactly what I needed to read at this very moment. I'm so grateful for your insight today. :)

  5. @Laura, Glad to hear that this post brought your spirits up. Always remember that we can choose to be happy.

    @Arswino, This is truly a beautiful poem, thank you for sharing Mildred Barthel's quote.

    @Hilary, It's wonderful to hear that you and Mum keep each other cheerful and positive. Keep up that positive spirit.

    @Angie, We're happy to know that our post has served its purpose. Thank you for stoppig by.

    Many Blessings....
    Hugo and Roxanne
    ~Believe Achieve~


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