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Is it possible to choose happiness?

Is it possible to choose happiness?

My friend Shelley DuPont wrote a  story, Julia and the Field Day, about a seventh grade girl with special needs. Mrs. Dupont was assigned to Julia as a teachers aid during a 7th grade Field Day.

Julie said to Mrs. DuPont, “Mrs. D., let’s be happy.”

Julie was happy. She didn’t whine, complain or compare herself to the other students. She was happy.

Is achieving happiness really that simple?

Can I choose my attitude? Can I decide to be happy, and then be happy?

Is it possible to choose happiness?

Julie, Abraham Lincoln, and Leo Tolstoy seem to think so.

Let’s be happy.
Julia – 7th grade middle school student


People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln – 16th United States President


If you want to be happy, be.
Leo Tolstoy – Russian Writer.

I read Shelley DuPont’s story several days ago. Julia’s comment, “Mrs. D., lets be happy,” has played through my brain like a song that gets stuck in your head and you can’t stop singing it.

“Le’t be happy. Let’s be happy. Let’s be happy.”

Julia, today I will be happy.

What do you choose today? Are you going to listen to Julia and be happy?

Please let me know in the comments. I would love to chat. Really I would.




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My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • I believe you can choose to be UNhappy, so yes, to an extent I think so. The difference is understanding joy vs. happiness for me. A tethering force vs. a fleeting emotion. I am working hard today to choose happiness, my joy is solid, but my feelings of happy are seriously lacking today. Dealing with grieving, family drama, finances- all those things can steal my momentary happiness right? But NONE of them are gong to steal my joy. I am fighting back

    • Yes, fighting back. There are so many negative circumstances in my life. Finances, clutter, my crabby attitude. I will fight back as well. Smiling when I want to hide. Choosing a smile over a frown.

  • Janelle

    I choose happy today, too. I’ll try to choose it again tomorrow. Thanks, Julia and Shelley and Pamela.

    • Janelle, did you choose happy again today? I am choosing happy even though I have a messy kitchen and a mountain of laundry. Allowing me to choose my mood, and not my dirty dishes making me crabby.

      • Janelle

        It was a happy day. How about you?

  • I loved Shelley’s original post, and I love your story about it. We can make up our minds to be happy even in trying times, and that’s not to judge people who are sad or depressed. It’s just that, like the little girl said, if we decide to be happy, we can be happy. I want to be happy today, not sad. THere’s so much to be happy about!

    • Thank you Kathleen. We can make up our minds to be happy, without judging people who are sad or depressed. Sadness and depression are as real as a red apple or a blue sky.
      Today I want to choose happy.

  • Happiness certainly is an attitude. It originates in the heart of a person. Whatsoever a man thinketh in his (her) heart, so is he (her) – (Proverbs 23:7, KJV). Happiness doesn’t have to be outbursts of joy or unbridled exuberance. Happiness can be a deep seeded calm, peace and satisfaction. God tells us to think upon particular things, such as what is true, honest, just, pure, and of good report, to name a few (Phil 4:8, KJV). Because our flesh has this tendency to get us off the path, God’s word is there to redirect us. Let’s be happy.

    • Shelley, thank you for sharing the bible verses. I have been working on what I put into my brain, what I think about. Yes, let’s be happy.