Happiness is a choice

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not. Valerie Bertinelli

Spreading the Happiness Germ

If you are feeling happy then you can thank your friends and family. Because happiness is infectious, you spread it to your friends and they pass it on to you. As well as your friends, your next door neighbours and your brothers and sisters can spread the contagion of happiness. Even on Facebook, people with smiling faces tend to cluster together. And your happiness is increased if your friendships are mutual – in other words, if the people you see as friends also regard you as their friend you will be even happier.

The lesson is – surround yourself with happy people. The old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together” can work in other ways too. Just as you can catch flu from people close to you, it seems you can catch bad habits too, like eating junk food or not taking enough exer-cise or skipping schoolwork.

Sometimes adults fear peer pressure because they worry about the bad things your friends may persuade you to do. But peer pressure can be a good thing too. We have already seen that if your friends are happy you will be happy too. If your peers make good choices you are more likely to make good choices too.

So perhaps the first good choice to make is to choose friends whose personality, behaviour and values are good for you. That way, you will be happy and you will help them be happy too. (Acknowledgement: British Medical Journal)
Kadir Emniyet
College Principal