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To me, happiness is a choice to a large extent. Happiness isn’t about the big things, such as having a lot of money or great career. Happiness comes when we have a spirit of gratefulness. I’m happy when everyone is home at night and we’re all just cozy and enjoying the comforts of home. Happiness can be found sharing a wonderful meal with those you love. Happiness is the morning sun shining in your window before you get out of bed. Happiness can be the first cup of morning coffee and reading the newspaper, along with it.

Happiness is the smell of freshly laundered clothes as you put them away. I find happiness being silly or sharing a private joke that only someone in my home gets. I find happiness and joy in my daily prayer/bible reading time before I start the day. Happiness is also found in my 6:30 a.m. three mile run outside in the same neighborhood I grew up in. I find joy and happiness in my church that’s less than five minutes from home. I’m happy when I see my church friends and meet for bible study and other related things. Happiness is the simplicity, structure or routine of a normal, ordinary day, where each day brings extraordinary moments. Happiness is my wonderful husband, five children and four grandchildren and knowing that I couldn’t have asked for a better daughter-in-law as a wife for my son and mother to my grandchildren.

True happiness isn’t about some huge event or goal we’ve waited for, although it can be. True happiness is about finding the joy within and in all that is around you. There is happiness in every day. For those who find this statement hard to swallow, I suggest writing down on a daily basis all the good things you have to be grateful for. Your attitude of gratitude is waiting to be tapped. Once you start on the path to feeling grateful, you notice more and more good things. Life and the joy of each day is to be embraced. Savor all the little moments. Be happy and spread your contagious happiness to all you meet.

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