“Happiness is a choice” – I’ve read this many times and I agree with it – but what I don’t agree with is what usually follows it – which is the encouragement to always be happy. I know I’m Smiling Jay, and I know I’ve made #KeepSmiling my thing – but it’s sometimes okay not to smile, and it’s okay to not always be happy. There are days where I’m down for no reason, and I don’t choose to feel that way, it just kinda happens and I can never explain it, which means it isn’t easy to shake off. And perhaps it’s not something to shake off, but to show that both feelings should be embraced equally and how good the happy is.

I think happiness is a choice when you have the choice. Like the way we react to things and the attitude we have in certain situations is our decision, and other times our body and mind just has its own reaction. It is also our choice to either do something or remain with someone because it makes us happy, and to distance ourselves from things we know make us unhappy. Happiness is a choice, but it’s your choice. It isn’t easy, and it takes time, but we shouldn’t allow someone else to determine our happiness, and we shouldn’t choose to only feel happiness either. Nothing or no one will make you happy, unless you make the effort and allow happiness in.

Smiling Jay is about life – the good and the bad, and one of the reasons I started this blog was to spread some happiness and positivity into a pretty negative world. I try and make readers smile and share something good together – because that good could hopefully grow, and make a little difference in the lives of people who need it. So whatever you’re going through, I hope in time you choose happiness, be kinder than you have to, and just embrace the good. You deserve it!

#KeepSmiling

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