The Choice of Happiness

  Hugh Downs said A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”

Let’s face it – you can’t control a lot of things – but you can control your attitude.

For example, you did not get to choose your parents or your race.

You did not get to choose where or when you’d be born, and You did not get to choose where and how you’d be raised.

No, you did not get to choose your circumstances, but…

You are the one who chooses whether you will work hard or be lazy, 

You are the one who chooses whether you will live with honor or with shame, 

You are the one who chooses whether you will be filled with hope or despair,

You are the one who chooses whether you will rejoice or grumble and complain,

You are the one who chooses whether you will have a positive or a negative attitude,

and

You are the one who chooses whether you will live with purpose or simply drift through life.

Having a Positive Attitude is a choice, but so is having a Negative Attitude.

Allowing yourself to get discouraged is a choice.

When you’re tempted to feel sorry for yourself…  don’t give in!

There are many people who would love to trade places with you.

Before you allow yourself to get discouraged over whatever it is that’s bothering you… read today’s obituaries to see how many people younger than you died yesterday – or visit the burn ward of a local hospital.

And you’ll see that there are many people who’d love to trade places with you.

Having a Positive Attitude is a choice, so make wise choices.

Of course, I expect you to make wise choices and I expect you to have a positive mental attitude… because that’s what winners do and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL Win – Yes, you ARE a Winner.

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Full Transcript:

Hi, this is Don Howe, and the topic for thisGolden Nugget is having a “Positive Mindset”, and this is part 4 of 4, and I’m gonna start off with a quote by Hugh Downs, who said…

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. 

Isn’t that a great quote.

Let’s face it – you can’t control a lot of things – but you can control your attitude.

For example, you did not get to choose your parents or your race.

You did not get to choose where or when you’d be born, and You did not get to choose where and how you’d be raised.

No, you did not get to choose your circumstances, but…

You are the one who chooses whether you will work hard or be lazy, 

You are the one who chooses whether you will live with honor or with shame, 

You are the one who chooses whether you will be filled with hope or despair,

You are the one who chooses whether you will rejoice or grumble and complain,

You are the one who chooses whether you will have a positive or a negative attitude,

and

You are the one who chooses whether you will live with purpose or simply drift through life.

Having a Positive Attitude is a choice, but so is having a Negative Attitude.

Allowing yourself to get discouraged is a choice.

When you’re tempted to feel sorry for yourself…  don’t give in!

There are many people who would love to trade places with you.

Before you allow yourself to get discouraged over whatever it is that’s bothering you… read today’s obituaries to see how many people younger than you died yesterday – or visit the burn ward of a local hospital.

And you’ll see that there are many people who’d love to trade places with you.

Having a Positive Attitude is a choice, so make wise choices.

Of course, I expect you to make wise choices and I expect you to have a positive mental attitude… because that’s what winners do and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL Win – Yes, you ARE a Winner.

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