Is it by own choice?

South Africa
April 3, 2012 4:50am CST
Is happiness really by own choice? I'm sure we do make certain choices, but Is it really in your control? What if your world clashes with everything you are?
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6 responses
@Extourmed (191)
• Bulgaria
10 Apr 12
Well, I think happiness is the thing that we all strain to get. You can control your happiness, but for that you should be able to control your attention in your mind. And by controlling your attention in your mind, you'll be able to determine the perspective you choose. With choice over your perspective you can decide what interpretations to make and which one you will believe. Choosing the interpretation you make will determine your emotional outcome. If you gain control over your attention then happiness is easy. What people may find challenging is that they were given no training in controlling their attention or even what it is.
@tinjan11 (75)
• Philippines
4 Apr 12
There are a lot of things that can make us happy.It can be money,beauty,work,success,or relationship. I believe that happiness is by your own choice.If you choose to be happy,the you will be happy.However,we become unhappy because we don't know what it is.We were also deceive by its real meaning.I think being contented and knowing what we want without hurting others play a role in our pursuit for happiness.
@AmbiePam (45847)
• United States
4 Apr 12
I think happiness is based on our circumstances, I don't think it is a choice. But I do think joy is a choice. We can still find and choose joy even if we can't have absolute happiness.
@magtibaygom (4865)
• Philippines
3 Apr 12
Yes, we all have emotions. Yes, we all are subject to problems and stress of this world. But unlike other creatures, unlike animals whose only know is to response immediately to any stimulus, we human beings have the power to choose our response to stimuli. That's our edge over other creatures in this world. We can choose to be happy if we want to. We have the power to choose happiness if we want to.
@GemmaR (8527)
3 Apr 12
I don't think that happiness is always within our control, but there are certain things that we can do to make ourselves happy. If we have depression for example then we might want to be happy but not be able to. However, if we make the effort to keep fit, have a good diet, keep in touch with family and friends, and do things that we enjoy doing, then we're more likely to be happy than we would be if we chose not to do this at all. For this reason, I would say that we do indeed have the choice about whether to be happy or not to some extent, and we have to grasp hold of the control that we have over our own lives.
@neonmay25 (208)
• Philippines
3 Apr 12
Happiness is a wonderful gift. Yeah, it maybe your own choice. Sometimes, it's really hard to be happy in the midst of desperation. You have your time to be sad but don't deprive yourself to be happy. After that, get back, stand up again and challenge and dare everything,. Embrace life, be thankful, and have faith. I'll choose to be happy no matter what, I'll do my very best. You, too. Stay happy always and have a nice day!!!:p