“Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
A definition of happiness: “Happiness is the process of creating and experiencing good feelings, in your body and mind, moment by moment by moment.” ~Michael Neal, Feel Happy Now
A definition of joy: “Joy is the emotion evoked by well-being or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. Delight is the expression or exhibition of such an emotion.” ~Dr. Christiane Northrup, The Power of Joy
“Many events will transpire in which your conditioned response is to feel bad. Be aware of these outer incidents, and say the five magic words: I want to feel good. In that precise moment, ask yourself if feeling bad is going to make the situation any better. You’ll discover that the only thing feeling bad accomplishes in response to outer situations is to plummet you into anxiety, despair, depression, and of course, stress. Instead, ask yourself in that moment what thought you can have that will make you feel good.
I assure you that your decision to feel good is a way of connecting to Spirit. It isn’t an indifferent response to events. By feeling good, you become an instrument of peace, and it’s through this channel that you eradicate problems. By feeling bad, you stay in the energy field that creates resistance to positive change; and experience a stressful, anxious state as a by-product.”
~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Power of Intention
Images not mine. Top quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln.