be happy

Be Happy and Smile!  This seems simple enough, but really I don’t see people smiling as often as they used to in this world.  Do you agree?

This seems particularly true with married couples.  I often wonder why couples seem reluctant to smile these days. Has the stress of married and family life taken it toll on husbands and wives?  Think about it.  It costs absolutely nothing to smile so let’s be happy and smile! This post is all about this.  It is about having a more favorable outlook on life which will bring positive results in our relationships and life.

I grew up in a very negative household where it was not easy to be happy.  I used to have a very negative outlook on life when I was younger. When I met Debbie, many things changed in my life and the most important change came in my outlook on life.  I learned quickly that happiness is personal decision.  We choose daily to be happy or not. I now prefer to be around positive people, as these people tend to be more successful and happier. In my opinion, there are far too many people who are always moaning and groaning.  These poor souls are usually very depressed and lonely.

Growing up I had numerous things to be negative about, including an abusive parent who struggled with many emotional challenges. Our family had limited resources and we struggled financially. I was one of the ones who walked around in a depressed state and I used to pity myself. Even now, as I write these words, I laugh about how dumb I used to be.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

I realized early in my twenties that I needed to change my approach to life. I was quite lucky because Debbie proved to be a life-changing, inspiration to me. Debbie always had the most positive point of view no matter the situation.  She and her family showed me another way to look at life and relationships.  I learned quickly from them that my negative point of view about life and relationships was badly flawed.  When they talked, they talked with passion, about their work, family and interests. One day it struck me, if they can always be happy and smiling, why can’t I?

This was the start of my new outlook on life. A new life of being happy and content no matter the circumstances. I have learned to value exactly what I have and, more than anything else, I have learned to smile more.

I frequently wonder why individuals seem hesitant to smile these days. It costs absolutely nothing to smile so come on people let’s do what singer Bobby McFerrin encouraged us to do years ago, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!”  Life is so much more fun when we have that kind of attitude.

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