Monday, February 9, 2009

Happiness












I write articles for my Dad's website- www.worldwidehealth.com and recently I wrote one titled "Eliminate Negativity" and it got me thinking about the power we have to determine the quality of our life. Today's society teaches us that happiness is found in buying a house, having money, nice cars, luxurious clothing, granite counter tops, hardwood floor, the perfect haircut, manicured nails, shopping excursions and more materialistic stuff. I don't think that these things are necessary bad I just think the happiness they bring is temporary and will be replaced as they go out of style. If we rely on these types of things for happiness we will live an empty life and always feel unfullfilled. I don't think that happiness is something that can be found but rather a decision. I believe that happiness is experienced when someone decideds to be happy.

Yesterday in Relief Society we watched a video that showed people from third world countries that daily drink muddy water, that take newborn babies home from the hospital wrapped in newspaper, that survive on little food let alone food that tastes good and is nutritious, that have little or no family alive the list is endless. I just can't believe that I have the nerve to moan about my life when I have a life that is abundant with blessings. I never have to worry about the water I drink, I am healthy, I live in close proximity to several grocery stores stocked full of delicious food, I have a loving husband who supports my spiritually, emotional and financially, I live in an appartment that has heating and AC, I have an education, I have so much stuff, a wardrobe full of clothes, blankets, a computer, a telephone, appliances that make my life convieniant, need I go on?

I have so much.

I am deciding to seize happiness not only because I have so much materialistic stuff that makes life easy and that I have knowledge of God and His eternal plan (that brings me endless joy) but because Happiness is my birthright. So today I open my eyes to all that I have a acknowledge it through pray, action, thoughts, laughter, and speech.

Happiness is my birthright.

Happiness is a decision.

Seize your happiness!
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6 comments

Michelle said...

It's very true, and something I have to remind myself of often.

Ashley said...

Thank you for this. I needed to read this right now. :)

Congrats to Jack on doing so well on the potty, too!

Mary said...

So true! I've always believed that happiness is a choice, not something that happens to you. Good post. :)

Nate + Carlee said...

You are such an inspirational gal! I miss your smiling face and kick-butt exercise sessions!
Also, thanks for all of the potty training advice! Seriously, if you hadn't done it first I would have given up by day 2.
Reid has gone 3 days without a pee accident, and even woke up last night asking to go potty! He has also stayed dry during his last 2 nap times!
Unfortunately, he will not poo in the potty...any suggestions oh wise potty training master?

Miss Ya!

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing Jess! My favorite part was "I am deciding to seize happiness not only because I have so much materialistic stuff that makes life easy and that I have knowledge of God and His eternal plan (that brings me endless joy) but because Happiness is my birthright." I have been reading a book recently which has brought this forefront to my mind. Happiness is our birthright as we have something of divinity in us.

Thanks for sharing!

Lesley-Ann said...

Lovely post Jessie or should I say Miss Happiness. You are an inspiration to me and such a talented writer. I love you Mum X

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