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Can a candle for $9.99 called “Choose Happiness,” help you choose happiness?

Shopping in the candle aisle at Target for a candle to put on the bathtub when I take a bath, I found a candle called Choose Happiness for $9.99.
I was not feeling happy, a sort of limp kind of lettuce kind of day, when you really want to be sitting in your closet behind your coats in the dark, but you are shopping for shampoo, dishwasher soap and a candle.


There were four candles to choose from, Choose Happiness, Be Grateful, Give Love and Be Peaceful. The only candle that made sense on a limp kind of lettuce day, was Choose Happiness.

According to the company that made the candle, happiness smells like Sparkling Yuzu and Lime. I bought Choose Happiness and lit the candle while I had a bath tonight.

I felt much happier after I had a bath. Did the candle help make me happy, was it the relaxing bath, or did I just choose not to be limp lettuce anymore today?

What do famous people say about happiness?

Abraham Lincoln, Dale Carnegie and L.M. Montgomery are all dead,  so I can’t ask them if buying a candle called Choose Happiness would make them happy. Or if smelling Sparkling Yuzu and Lime would brighten their day.

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
― Abraham Lincoln


“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
― Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People


“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Abraham, Dale and L.M.  think happiness is a choice. Do you agree? Is happiness a choice or a candle?

xo Pamela

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About Pamela Hodges

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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  • EmFairley

    Firstly, I apologize that I’m only now getting to this article. Yesterday flew by I have no idea where it went!

    I find any type of candle, scented or unscented, always lifts my mood. So yeah, it could be the candle, or it could be the relaxing soak that soothed the meh away. Either way, I hope you’re having a brighter day.

    Em x

    • Hello EmFairley,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I was outside digging in the garden and playing with Annie most of the afternoon. You would never know she had surgery a week ago the way she wants to play.

      My day was much brighter. I hope you had a happy day as well.

      • EmFairley

        I’m so glad Annie is better. Mine was great too and I’m now just 5 chapters from finishing the first edit.

        Hope you have a great weekend

  • We chose happiness. It must come from within. Too many look to their boss, their spouse, their kids, etc for happiness. And that’s a recipe for let down. Because while our family and friends complement our lives, it’s up to us to chose how to be. That’s my two cents.

    • Hello John,
      John, your valuable comment is worth at least one hundred pennies. 🙂
      I totally agree. Happiness is a choice, and it comes from within. I thought I could buy happiness. I use to buy a new pair of socks with every paycheck, when I had my first job at seventeen. All I ended up with is a drawer full of socks.
      Best wishes for a sunny happy day in California.

  • Lisa R

    Great post. You’re looking at the world as a writer. Interesting pondering…