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Positive News: Choose Happiness, by Claire McNamara

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Choice, Chance, Change

Choose Happiness

By Claire McNamara

Nobody feels positive about life all the time and how we look at life is as important as what happens to us. According to research by Stanford professor Sonja Lyubomirsky, for her book ‘The How of Happiness’, while we each have a ‘set point’ for happiness, it can be reset and leaves 40% of our happiness under our own control. The three Cs in life – Choice, Chance, Change are simple, but highly effective applied to this theory.

Choices are at the heart of our humanity. For every choice, there is a consequence. A consequence also has consequences! Choices shape who we are, how we live, and what we become. But our attitude also plays a pivotal role. It’s Monday morning. One student arrives at school thinking “I have to be here”, another is thinking “This is where I want to be”. Our attitude not our aptitude determines our altitude.

For every situation we find ourselves in, we have at least five hundred choices. How liberating! When you make one choice, if it doesn’t work, there are still four hundred and ninety-nine left.

Change can cause feelings of anticipation and fear. It is a challenge and an opportunity to live life fully. As Napoleon Hill said, “Your only limitation is the one you set up in your own mind!” Sowing the seeds of change, paves the way for growth, progression and prosperity. So, the best way to realise positive change in your life is by making “choices”. We are invited to choose life and to capitalise on it. The only thing constant in life is change so do not wait for your ship to come in swim out to it. Now is your chance. Something holding you back? Change it!

sonjalyubomirsky.com

Taken from out autumn 2015 issue, subscribe to have the next four issues delivered to your door in print.

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