Here’s an empowering affirmation to tap into the divinely orchestrated symphony of joy, by weaving together one happy decision at a time. Happiness is a choice I can consciously make as a human being, and each choice brings me deeper into the river of joy within.
“Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.” – Ralph Marston
Joy Versus Happiness
Joy is the divine currency that runs like a river through me, and it supports my human journey of choosing happiness instead of misery in each passing experience.
Happiness and joy are words often used interchangeably, but they have different meanings. Their definitions can depend on your source, however—the dictionary, mainstream thinking, and your own personal interpretation of the words all lend their own suggestions.
Happiness tends to be associated with fleeting moments dependent on, or at least highly influenced by, external happenstance such as other people, circumstances, material things, and events. Joy is considered a less transitory presence we cultivate internally.
I believe with every ounce of my being that joy is something we cultivate from the inside out, but labeling happiness as a transitory, externally-focused expression of contentment doesn’t sit right with me. Relying on things we can’t control for our happiness seems insane, because it’s basically pointless (which, unfortunately, is how many people think of happiness) considering the volatile nature of this world.
What if happiness was a choice we were consciously encouraged to make as living beings in this world? What if joy was a divine source that we could tap into anytime in this world, because it wasn’t of this world? Maybe happiness is a choice I can make that opens me up to feel the presence of joy that’s always there.
If happiness is something within my control, because it’s a decision, and joy is something eternally present no matter what I decide, then happiness is a human function and joy is a divine currency.
Joy is a river that runs through us and through everything on this planet. It has shown itself to me to be an otherworldly support system, one that empowers us to opt for happiness in our experiences, through our conscious, moment-to-moment decisions.
Happiness Is a Choice I Can Make
Happiness is a choice that’s available to me on a moment-to-moment basis, and I accept and am grateful for the opportunities to become conscious of this choice.
As spiritually-minded human beings, we develop an awareness of the opportunities available to us to choose happiness. In times when we’ve chosen something other than being happy, that awareness can be even more frustrating, because we know what we wanted to experience yet we realize so acutely that we haven’t chosen it. We may think to ourselves, “I know better. Why did I choose this?”
In those moments of disappointment, remember that choice is the operative word. If we chose something ten minutes ago, we can choose again now. The choice is there, even if it’s hard.
The impossibility of reaching a new decision only depends on what you believe in. If you believe that happiness is a choice that’s possible in any give situation, even the difficult ones, then more opportunities reveal themselves.
If we make happiness a priority, we begin to create recurring thought patterns (aka, beliefs). For instance, my own practice of prioritizing happiness has led me to believe that:
- Happiness is within my control, because it comes through me and not to me. Nobody else, nothing else, is responsible for the happiness I experience.
- I can choose to see the gifts I’ve been given, regardless and because of the darkness I’ve faced.
- Happiness is more readily available in the moments I trade my expectations for appreciation.
- Happiness only chooses me when I first choose it.
- My willingness to be happy first is the key to my success.
- Even when happiness seems impossible, the divine presence of joy will remind me how to get there.
Stay willing, committed, and open to choosing a more loving perspective in whichever scenario earnestly calls for some love. Your willingness alone to see happiness as an evolving opportunity keeps you in communication with joy.
- Does this view of happiness vs. joy make sense to you?
- Have you ever consciously decided to prioritize happiness in a situation, and how did that change the situation for you?
Please share your thoughts, helpful insights, lessons learned in happiness, and any inspiring stories with me in the comments.
Share this affirmation with someone who might appreciate this healing message.
Swim in the currency of joy. Drink in the remembrance that happiness is a choice you can make, so long as you are alive and breathing.
Free watercolor texture by Lost and Taken; lettering by Aim Happy.