Happiness is a Choice
An essay by @kellytard19 :
I’ve always been a happy person, but there has been inspiration for me to think more positively and take action to achieve goals. A lot of the inspiration came from a daily “vlogger” on YouTube called Shay Carl (This means he makes videos every day about his life and family). He’s been “vlogging” for three years now, and in that time, he’s taken his own advice. He’s paid off all his family’s debt, while he got a job he loves and makes good money from. He’s even lost one-hundred pounds in less than a year, and then ran two marathons.
Shay taught me within his “motivational speech in the truck” many different things that gave me a new perspective. He told me about one of his secrets to being a happy person almost always. He explained how it’s the new way he reacts to bad things that happen to him. If you have one bad thing happen to you, and you react with a bad attitude, you’ll be more irritable throughout the day. If your react with a positive attitude, and shake it off, you’ll probably be more carefree. It’s all in the choice of how you react - happiness is a choice.
“Happiness is a choice” is one of Shay’s mottos. You can tell yourself to be positive, even when everything and everyone around you isn’t! You shouldn’t let anyone else’s bad attitude rub off on you! Be contagious, rub off your good attitude on others, and it’ll help your environment be less stressful. When it’s all added up, just choosing to be happy and to shake off the bad things from your day will make you and the people around you feel the same.
Also, Shay taught me that if you can take action, you can achieve anything. He’s definitely proved it possible, too. He was miserable while trying to play with his kids and having to stop after a minute because he got too tired. Instead of complaining, he got up, determined, exercised, ate healthier, and kept a good attitude. After losing all of the weight (and making the change), he’s definitely been noticeably happier and can spend more time with his family. I feel like this isn’t just telling people that they can lose weight - but that they can achieve what they put their mind to. When the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing, change yourself!
I feel like all of these things are etched into my mind now, and I think about them every day. They’ve become a part of my lifestyle. I hope that more people can learn like I did, and they realize they can change themselves if they put their mind to it.