Have you ever heard someone say that they are trying to be happy? I never quite understand this when people I meet express that they are exerting a concerted effort to be happy. Does it really take all that much effort? Or is it simply a choice? Can’t you just wake up in the morning and decide that today you will choose happiness?
*This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I understand that we have bad days. Everyone does. And sometimes a perfectly good day can be completely derailed by a series of unfortunate events. A perfectly good day can even be perfectly ruined by just one unpleasant event. Heck, many days, especially during these summer months, my kids alone have been able to put me in the sourest of moods by the day’s end. But I can honestly say that I am never unhappy. Through all the ups and downs, all the trials and burdens that are thrown at us just as a matter of life’s course, I can always say that I am generally a happy person.
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So what am I doing differently than those people who have to exert effort to be happy? For me, humor as always been a coping mechanism. Smiling has always contained healing effects. And laughter has always been the best medicine. And I have suffered through some pretty dark times in my life. I have lost loved ones. I have been in pain, both physically and emotionally. But even in my most unhappy moments, I still held onto the meaning of happiness. And here I stand, telling you that I am happy. Because I choose to be. Because happiness is the journey. It is not a destination that you spend your whole life trying to get to. It is a choice that you make. Every single day.
While some days don’t end on a happy note, at least those days come to an end. And we are granted the opportunity to start all over again the next day. For that I am thankful. And that is reason enough to choose happiness.
So when Happiness Boutique wanted to collaborate with me, I was more than happy to accept! How could I not? A company that chooses happiness as their mission is a company that I can support. You all saw my Happiness Bracelet in my Blog Birthday post. Today, I am showcasing this super fun Vintage Inspired Black Stone Statement Necklace. And of course, I am also wearing my Happiness bracelet with my lace kimono outfit.
If you shop at Happiness Boutique from now until September 24, 2017, you will receive an extra 10% off any purchase over 19 euros (approximately $23) by entering code shelbeeontheedge at checkout.
Notice my little tunic pulled through the belt loop trick…I learned this fun little styling method from the brilliant Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living. Thanks, Cheryl! I have been using this trick quite often of late.
So tell me…have you chosen happiness yet?
Keeping it on the edge,
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