Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.



«Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.»

— Abraham Lincoln


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36 thoughts on “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

  1. I’d more comfortable if you didn’t have your name placed after Abraham Lincon’s ( or whoever’s) quote. Your picture next to it is okay.
    You name is already above this quote and then you wouldn’t need to immediately repeat the quote with its rightful authors name. OR is that the plan and I’m missing the point of one of your little experiments.
    If so, never mind… Just don’t quote me.

  2. Ok, but would like to point out they didn’t know about seratonin, causal vs. chemical depression, etc. in Lincoln’s day…which is not to say that those of us who struggle with depression (which Churchill referred to as a “black dog”) can’t achieve happiness, but it can take more work than just “making up your mind “

      1. About stuff, sure. But I don’t think anyone’s ever decided “I want to be depressed!”

        Weirdly, I found I became happier more often once I accepted that sometimes I won’t be happy, and it’s not because I “chose” to be sad or “didn’t try hard enough to be positive” or anything. The truth is, no one has one mood 100% of the time. And in life sometimes bad things will happen to you, or to people you care about, or things won’t go as planned, etc., and naturally, that will make a person sad, angry, afraid, etc. So instead of trying to “be happy” I worked on the bast ways for me to cope when stuff like that comes up, so I can get through it and be more in the moment and happy when there’s good stuff in life.

      2. I’m on the same page, although I think you’ve gone a little beyond the scope of the quote. Depends on things like one’s definition of happiness, and also where one sits as regards fate and free will … and a lot of other factors … this is what I wrote in February :

        “And permission to be depressed, totally agree on that. We all need time to process what’s challenging for us, give ourselves permission to feel through what causes us discomfort. Life often doesn’t seem to afford this luxury, so we have to make the time and space ourselves.”

        https://doncharisma.org/2014/02/05/life-is-a-mystery-by-fujiko-suda/

        I still maintain happiness is a choice, but no one would deny it may be a challenge to decide given all that life throws at us sometimes.

        Quotes I’ve chosen often resonate with something internally, either an internal learning or something I just found more concisely and “accurately” said what I wanted to say.

        Cheers

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