Choose Happiness



My Friday morning started off as usual.  An early wake-up followed by packing up the Suburban in an effort to get out the door in a timely fashion.  My daughter and I have our routine down pat and we drove away on schedule without a care.  Typically she dozes on our twenty minute ride to school, that day, however, she had a lot on her mind.  

Happiness was on her mind.  

She had watched two documentaries on Netflix and had some fresh ideas on life.  Happy and The Minimalists, had a decided affect on her sixteen-year old persona.  We started a conversation about what makes a person happy in life.  Is it their circumstance, their mental state, or maybe their monetary state?  We talked a lot about mental attitude and being truly thankful for what you have.  Being happy, it seems, doesn't depend on what you have.  That was our take-away from our conversation.  

Can I just say that I am happy?  I am thankful for all that I have, and it isn't all perfect, please know that.  I think being happy is a choice we make each day.  Make that choice today.  I did, and it makes all the difference.  

Sharing this barn today with The Barn Collective.  



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  1. I think you're spot on - Happiness is a choice, some days harder choice than others, for all of us. Your daughter is a wise soul already - like her mom.

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  2. Wonderful post today.
    It's all about our daily "state of mind."
    You and your daughter seem to have this figured out.
    Happy for you, both.
    ☺️ xx

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  3. Yes, happiness is a choice, and I choose to be happy today!
    Great photo! It seems to speak of limitless possibilities.

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  4. Life can be hard, being happy makes it less so. I'm happy that you are sharing this drive through barn, thanks Michelle. Please stop again.

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  5. I love that your daughter is thinking about that. I think it shows a good mother. It is so important and the gratitude thing, well, we should all think about that. You both are truly blessed. I must add here though, that sometimes it isn't a choice. Some of us are born with pathologies such as depression and anxiety, etc. Many struggle their whole live. What blessing you and your daughter share. BTW - I was looking for a Suburban last month and quickly learned there was no way I could afford one. So, I looked at a new Ford truck and they have nearly doubled in price since I bought my last one. When did cars and trucks go so high? I need a new truck, but I wish I could buy some land or a house instead. And that barn is beautiful. I can't believe it is still standing.

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    1. Donna, you are right, so many people deal with anxiety and depression. I do think those issues can be dealt with, (through therapy/medications), to help people move forward and achieve some semblance of happiness. As for our Suburban, we always buy used vehicles. Too much depreciation when you drive them off the lot!

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  6. I choose happy in my world . . .
    Even during the topsy turvy times, moments . . .
    I find some kind of ray, bright spot, smile, giggle . . .
    Happy has brought me through many a cloud.
    What a wonderful world . . .
    Thankful is in there for me too . . .

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  7. What a sweet and important conversation with your girl! Have a lovely and happy week ahead.

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  8. I confess--I have trouble with the word "happiness" and the words "being content"--or do these two just mean the same thing??? Wonder what your daughter thinks on this too!
    love the fact that your daughter is a 'thinker' as such a young age--she will have a bright future ahead of her for sure--
    enjoy the moments, diane

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    1. Being content is more a feeling of being satisfied with things in your life. When you are satisfied with where you are in life, then you can focus on happiness. This will be a good discussion with my daughter!

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  9. Hello, it sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with your daughter. That is a reason to be happy too. Love the barn shot! Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  10. I totally believe it's what we choose to think is how we live life. You can be thankful with what you have or be unhappy about what you don't have. I choose to be happy with my lot in life. You're a very good mother to teach that to your daughter. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. We do indeed have MANY things to be happy and thankful for in this great country. love the barn.

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  12. How great that your daughter is thinking about these things at her age. And that you and she can talk together about life.

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  13. That sure is a grand barn but looks like it needs a coat of wood preserver.
    Agree with you about being thankful for what we have and chosing to be happy and living so. My grandmother had a saying, "Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone." I am sure she was right . . . :)

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  14. It's wonderful that your daughter is questioning these things and talking them over with you. I believe that much of happiness is in choosing to be happy. I know people with very little (material things) who are very happy, and it seems there are so many with every material thing they could possibly want, but are miserable people. This was a valuable conversation to have with your daughter!

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  15. I do in home health care and some people I notice tends to be happier then others.
    Coffee is on

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  16. Hello Michelle, how wonderful to have these conversations with your daughter. Precious moments. Wonderful photo of this airy barn!

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  17. I so agree with you...happiness comes from within. Sometimes it is hard to be that way when I let worry consume me, though. And I think all people have to deal with things like that...

    Anyway,very nice barn, but love the post itself.

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  18. Amen!!!!
    [and such a serene, calming image Michelle]

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  19. I'm going to the doctor today (routine) but that makes me something of a grouch. Actually, a lot of things make me a grouch. But maybe I'll decide to be happy. Like I said it's routine. What a fine relationship you have with your daughter.

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  20. Happiness and gratitude - beautiful post. Your daughter sounds very wise, Michelle. Have a lovely week. xoxo

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  21. Oh I agree!!! It is a choice.
    It is hard not to be happy when you are counting your blessings.

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  22. Happiness eludes so many. Even when it does, there is a reason, though. Perhaps we just need to re-evaluate. Hugs.

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  23. It's wonderful to communicate with your daughter so well Michelle, I'm lucky with my two also. I've always believed that communication is most essential for a good relationship.. and yes, I choose happy also πŸ˜€

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  24. Michelle, your daughter and you have such a fine relationship that you can and do have substantive conversations on important philosophical discussions about what it means to be happy and what it takes to be happy. You are a gem and your daughter is a gem.

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