Decision number 5

Jules —  April 23, 2009

I took it as a major compliment a few weeks ago when my friends Heather and Tori gave me a special t-shirt they made just for me! The thought of two teens spending an afternoon creating something silly for me made me feel quite special! The front says, “MY NAME IS JULIE. . .” and the back says, “AND I’M HOT!” They signed their names and painted on some flames. They gave it to me at church. Of course, I had to try it on immediately!

Silly girls!

The Joyful Decision

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.



5 responses to Decision number 5

  1. Well I’ll be HAPPY today just thinking about your shirt and SMILE. You are fun Jules.

  2. Thanks! So are you :)

    I don’t know anyone, outside our family, who has as much fun with their aunts as I do!

  3. Marilyn alias(Punkie) April 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    And we enjoy being with our nieces too. You are a happy person, seems like you laugh alot, and even more if Kandi is in the room.

  4. Marilyn alias(Punkie) April 23, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I have a hard time getting up in the mornings, so I am going to try laughing. I usually turn my radio on and listen to the local Christian station. They play some peppy songs that get me going.

    I like the T-shirt, so nice of them to think of you and do that for you, very unusual for kids to think of others in that way.

  5. Laughing does energizing me. I didn’t realize that it actually cause chemical changes in my physical body.