Several times each and every day, you must ask yourself the second most important question of the day. “Am I happy right now?” If the answer is yes, then just keep on keeping on. If the answer is no, focus for a moment on the reason that you are not happy.

Nine hundred and ninety nine times out of a thousand, you will have a very legitimate reason for why you are not happy. It probably has something to do with the way you look, the way you feel, your finances, the work you do or the people in your life. It is most assuredly a very good reason not to be happy.

This is not about diminishing the importance of the reason you are not happy. This is not about wrapping up your problems in a smiley face blanket. This is about honestly asking yourself THE most important question of your day. That question is… “Can I be happy in spite of my very, very good reason(s) not to be happy?”

Your happiness has to be your priority no matter what is going on. Selfish? Not in the least. In fact it is the most selfless gesture you can mask. In spite of your own very good reasons not to be happy, when you choose to be happy everyone around you benefits from your happiness. When you choose to be happy, regardless of the situation, you bring light and caring and upliftment to those around you. You decrease the stress in their lives. You make better decisions. People find it easier to talk to you. You give hope. You give a sense that everything will work out. You put a light on solutions rather than a magnifying glass on problems. You make the world a little better and what does it cost? A little smile when you don’t feel like it. Priceless.

Be happy.

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