Have you ever noticed famous people in the magazines who have all the money, prestige, etc. but still seem to be miserable? Conversely, have you met other people who have almost nothing, but seem to be so happy that it spills over onto the people they interact with? Have you ever wondered why are the pretty and rich people miserable and the poorer people are so happy that they radiate their joy?
I have noticed these things and I have witnessed this phenomena in people directly. I have an aunt who by all standards has every right to be miserable, but she chooses to be one of the most upbeat, joyous people I know. Her happiness is contagious, and everyone loves her for it. I had a friend who lived happy everyday—regardless of the circumstances—even during the last stages of her cancer.
Every morning you wake up, you have a choice. You can choose to look at the circumstances around you and allow them—good or bad—to determine whether you are going to be happy that day OR you can choose to look at a vision of the person you want to be regardless of circumstances and be that person today. Don’t think about tomorrow or next week, or next month; just look at today; decide who you want to be today—and decide to be happy.