During a class at Fresno Pacific University, a speaker asked one of the spouses in the audience:

 

“Does your husband make you happy?”

 

At this moment, the husband stood up straighter, showing complete confidence. He knew his wife would say yes, because she had never complained about anything during their marriage.

 

However, his wife answered the question with a resounding “No.”

 

“No, my husband does not make me happy.”

 

The husband was baffled, but his wife continued:

 

“My husband never made me happy and does not make me happy. I am happy.”

 

“Whether I am happy or not is not dependent on him, but on me. I am the only person on whom my happiness depends.

 

I choose to be happy in every situation and every moment of my life, for if my happiness depended on another person, thing or circumstance on the face of the Earth, I would be in serious trouble.

 

Everything that exists in this life constantly changes: the human being, the riches, my body, the climate, my boss, the pleasures, the friends, and my physical and mental health. I could quote an endless list.

 

I need to decide to be happy regardless of anything else that happens. Whether I own a lot or a little, I am happy! Whether I’m going out or staying home alone, I’m happy! Whether I am rich or poor, I am happy!

 

I am married but I was already happy when I was single.

 

I’m happy for myself.

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