5 thoughts on “Happiness is a Choice”

  1. as a person who suffers from depression i can speak for myself that happiness is something i aspire to.
    it’s a goal.
    it’s an achievement.
    it’s part of the journey.
    the incredible highs of my mania are matched (and then some) by the spirals into the darkest depressions. but that’s when i know i have to keep working. moving. like a shark.
    it sounds trite and easy, but it works for me (so far).
    no meds, just positive thinking when i can. sometimes it’s not genuine and it’s forced.
    but that’s the choice i make. to fight it standing up.

  2. Actually Ravi, for the millions of people worldwide who suffer from chronic clinical depression happiness is not always a choice. These people suffer from chemical imbalances in the brain which can make it hard for them to experience any positive feelings during an episode. Only part of it is cognitive/behavioral. They also did not choose to have these different types of depression. Saying you can choose feelings at all times is really invalidating to these individuals and further stigmatizes them.

    1. As Ravi said, sometimes it is a hard choice. As a sufferer of clinical depression my entire life, at the age of 40 it is a choice. A choice to recognize my cycles and triggers and take preventative measures. A choice to force myself to be social, when it’s the last thing I want. A choice to go the route of prescriptive meds before everything collapses around me. A choice to learn about my mind and reactions and be very cognizant of my emotions. A choice to actively think and change my perceptions. It is easy, no…but it is my choice to do what it takes so that I can one day experience more than glimpses of occasional happiness.

      It is definitely a choice. I have chosen to take control of my depression. Is it gone? No, but is it controlled.

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