Is Happiness a Decision?

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Is happiness a decision?

When I am feeling down, I think to myself, what can I do to be happier? I like to do research and read many articles and self-help books on this particular subject. I often wondered if is happiness a decision or do my emotions control whether I am happy or not? To be happy, is it a conscious decision one I have complete control over? Even if I am in the darkest place, I consciously make myself feel happy no matter how hard it is.

I tend to lean toward Eckart Tolle for these kinds of profound questions. I trust his insight and wisdom so much!

Is happiness a decision?

In Eckhart Tolle’s book Excerpted from *Oneness with All Life
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.

Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral.

There is the situation or the fact, and here are my thoughts about it. Instead of making up stories, stay with the facts. For example, “I am ruined” is a story. It limits you and prevents you from taking effective action. “I have 50 cents left in my bank account” is a fact. Facing facts is always empowering.”

What a unique and intelligent answer that sums up the question perfectly! A solution that could change your life and help you feel better! I love Eckhart Tolle. He is such an inspiration!

So this is the way I interpret the answer to the question, Is happiness a decision?
Happiness is not really controlled by your emotions and the way you feel, but your thoughts about what you are thinking. Happiness can be the emotions that are within you.

When you are in a bad place, you can make the decision to change your mind about what you are thinking, and you may be able to find a silver lining. Separate yourself from the situation, and get in touch with your inner self.

Some people choose to wallow, and if that is what they want, that’s fine. I believe it is your responsibility to change the thoughts racing through your head if you are up to it. You can’t choose how you feel, but you can make an effort to feel happy.

Let me know what you think, and leave a comment below. 🙂

*Oneness with All Life Published by arrangement with Dutton, a member of Penguin Group (USA),
Inc. Copyright © 2008 by Eckhart Tolle

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Is happiness a decision?