Dec 31, 2011

Happy New Year! Don't Worry. Be Happy!

Don't Worry...Be Happy...

Remember that song?

While the song kind of gets annoying after the 13 millionth time, it actually speaks of a profound truth.

Happiness is a choice. Don't worry. Be happy.

You have to choose to not to worry and you have to choose to be happy.

Today is New Year's Eve. Many people will be greeting each other with the New Year's Greeting, "Happy New Year!"

Our society has convinced many that happiness is an inalienable right of all human beings.

But because we are not happy all the time, we are not very happy people.

Truth is, happiness is not a right. Happiness is ultimately a choice.

Happiness is not what happens to us. Happiness is what we choose to do.

So when we are greeting each other with "Happy New Year!", what we are actually saying is not that many happy things happen to you this year but an exhortation to choose happiness in the coming year. That, regardless of what happens, we all do everything we can to pursue happiness and to choose to do those things that lead to happiness.

The song's got it right.

Don't worry.

Be happy!

In the coming year, choose not to worry.

Instead, choose to be happy!

Happy New Year!

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