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The past couple of weeks have been a challenge for me. I have not been particularly happy. By happy, I’m talking about a mental and emotional state where generally a person feels mostly pleased with life, notices the blessings he or she is experiencing, and feels a level of satisfaction and pleasure with relationships and activities. Happiness does not refer to a steady state of joy or bliss. It means choosing to see the good fortune in your life, however you define it, and not choosing to be stuck in a steady mood of anger, annoyance, frustration, and other negative states that you find yourself in. For some people, these states are not a choice. They come up on you, engulf you with disappointment, and it can seem impossible to free yourself from them. They may seem like a way of life.
That has not been my experience. Except recently.