Why I choose to be happy

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The world is becoming a darker place. Hate has filled the hearts of many. News outlets show us the terrible things that happen each day, while plenty of good things happen too. It is not important. The drama gets most clicks and thus negativity dominates everything around us. We become afraid. Afraid of others. Afraid of the world around us. Afraid of ourselves. Fear is not a friend. It is an enemy.

So I am not going to be afraid anymore. From now on I choose to be happy. Because yes, I believe that partly, happiness is a choice.

There was a time when I was so confused about myself and the world around me that I wasn’t happy. I was constantly anxious and constantly pressured to succeed just to keep up with expectations that others had of me. When I watched television, I saw a world that was burning and basically we were told to be afraid. WORLD WAR THREE IS COMING! or OUR CIVILISATION IS AT RISK!

Bullshit, I know that now.

Yes, some parts of the world may be rotten, but the majority of the world is a wonderful place. The majority of people are good. And living in itself is wonderful as long as you cherish the little things. Something I hadn’t done for so long because I was too busy looking down instead of up at the stars.

I don’t think that I can change the world. But I do think I can change my life and my actions and therefore bring even more good in the world. And that is why I want to share happiness. I am happy to be alive. I am happy to be breathing. I am happy that I have a voice that I can use to speak up and no, I refuse to be afraid anymore. Except of large spiders. Always be afraid of large spiders. Unless you live in my house because then I will possibly shout at you until you remove said spider.

Thing is, we can worry about every little thing. We can be angry because somebody looked at us the wrong way or mad because someone does not agree with our ideas or traditions. It doesn’t make a difference. What does make a difference? Loving yourself every single day. Looking into the mirror and telling yourself that you are beautiful. Going out and helping people who need help. It doesn’t have to be a big gesture. A small gesture will do and is appreciated.

I want to know why all of you are happy. So I will make this into a project. I will try to post someone every week who shares their happiness with us, be it by picture or otherwise. I will take pictures of people myself, but if you want to be featured, you can always send me an email. You can find it on the contact page.

Let’s make the world a little bit better. Let’s choose to be happy…

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Ingrid is the twenty-something owner of The Sassologist, who loves everything that has to do with pop culture. While she is one of many who is in the process of writing a novel, she is also currently in denial over not being a witch. Her Hogwarts letter has yet to arrive. In the meantime she writes about pop culture and dreams about unicorns.

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