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?
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