HAPPINESS, WAY BEYOND A SMILE!

Thomas S., Monson -President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Thomas S., Monson -President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Let’s think of people we know who exude a radiance of happiness, even when going through trials. We like to be around them. They lift us up. They see the bright side of things, and they help others see it too. For example, we have a neighbor who is bent almost in half with osteoporosis and can’t see into the faces of others. But she is always cheerful with a sparkle of humor and optimism. She jokes that when people approach, she has to identify them by their shoes. “So much depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. To do the best we can and then to choose to be happy about our circumstances, whatever they may be, can bring peace and contentment” (Thomas S. Monson). The ability to feel gratitude also contributes to genuine happiness. Instead of blaming others (or God) for our difficulties, we can focus on abundant blessings. We can seek and celebrate the uplifting aspects of our circumstances. With a buoyant attitude, we can make the choice to be happy every day. We have many Reasons to Rejoice!

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