Live on the Happy Side
Norman Vincent Peale 

  

Once I found myself in a group where one individual was the central figure.  He had a captivating personality, and was obviously beloved by everybody.

Later we were sitting apart from the others, talking.  Always being interested in what makes humans act as they do, I commented upon his rare spirit. 

"I have a good time wherever I go," he said. 

"It is a gift for which you ought to be very thankful." 

His reply was, "It isn't a gift, being happy.  It takes hard work.  For many years I was a sour, difficult individual.  I saw the dark side of everything until a friend gave me a scolding.  After thinking it over, and doing a lot of praying, I determined to cultivate the happy side of life."

I've always been thankful for that conversation, because it taught me that to live with happiness we must cultivate the happy side of life.

I have known a good many people who seemingly have had everything to make them happy.  But they were unhappy.  And I have known people who have had very little of this world's good and yet are happy.  The difference is that one person cultivated the happy attitude and another, the gloomy.  It is not so much what happens to us but how we react to it that makes the difference.

There is no such thing as a Pollyanna situation.  Always, I suppose, if you have a few perfect days, you can count on some kind of trouble.  But whether or not you live with a happy attitude depends on your own cast of mind and the power of your faith.  What you think determines what you are. 

Cultivate the happy side of life.  That is what the Bible tells us:  " Rejoice, it says, and again I say, rejoice" (Philippians 4:4). Don't go around with a gloomy, melancholy attitude.  Don't take a negative attitude toward life.  Don't think depressing thoughts.  Rejoice.  Now when you really do it, you will find that the percentage of good days will greatly increase.  The late Dr. William Stidger once told about a young friend of his who was awakened by his wife early one morning.  They had planned a picnic, but about five o'clock it started raining.  "It's raining hard, George," his wife finally said, "you'd better go downstairs and pull in the porch furniture."

He went down and got himself half soaked.  When he turned around to go back in he saw his little five-year-old boy, clad in pajamas, sitting on the door step smelling the rain.  The little boy said, "Daddy, that rain smells good.  I like the smell of rain."  The little fellow paused a moment, then added:  "Daddy, isn't this a gorgeous bad day?"

  
    


 
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