Guys, happiness is a commitment. Pretty simple right? Well obviously it isn’t as easy as it sounds, but in all reality it really is just a commitment-a choice.

I see people every day choosing to look for a reason to be angry, confrontational, bitter, sad, offended, and lonely. And it is contagious! You’ve seen it. Something happens to someone and their first choice is to get upset. Misunderstanding or not they go right to anger, threatening violence, dirty looks, and spewing hateful words. They tell their friends and the anger and uphappiness only spirals with the “oh I would teach them a lesson” or “I can’t believe that happened, I hope they get what’s coming to them”. See contagious.
As a whole we are so quick to assume the worst rather than the best. A simple encounter with some one turns into a dramatic matter that effects so much more than a second of your day.

Now what if that person had made a commitment to be happy? What if they had woken up and said “no matter what happens today I commit to being happy, to being kind, and to be grateful”.  Then when someone comes up and doesn’t realize they are waiting in line and moves past them they don’t freak out. Or when someone doesn’t see them in their lane and cuts them off they restrain themselves from a fit of anger. It could even be an intentional act that was meant to cause harm, but they can take a deep breath and fall back on that commitment and move past the situation knowing they will be better off if they choose happiness and understanding.
Now what if they are you…what if you start each day with a commitment to be happy, loving, kind, generous, grateful, and patient? Those situations that come up every day will pass and you will remain happy. Doesn’t that sound better than walking around all the time with a chip on your shoulder and a harsh word on your tongue?

Just by being happier, everyone benefits because your happiness is contagious. – – Miguel Angel Ruiz

Contagious…the good is contagious too. You could start a ripple effect with one positive reaction and who knows how far it could go. Our world is quickly becoming a place of anger, hate, intolerance, impatience, and sorrow. Let the negativity go, it isn’t doing you any good. Let’s make a commitment to be happy, kind, patient, and understanding. Let’s start a ripple of positivity!!

Jen “Hotmess Hottie”