At every moment of every day, in every situation you encounter, you have a choice to make – and there are only two options. This choice affects every aspect of your life, from your job performance to your personal productivity, from the way you feel physically to the strength of your relationships with other people (especially your spouse).

This choice is a simple one: you can either chose to be positive, or you can choose to let negativity rule your life.

This choice is all encompassing – it determines the way you communicate with others and defines your entire outlook on life.

This may sound like a huge undertaking, but it’s really quite simple. You can either choose to be in control of your own happiness, or you can let it be determined by the things around you – it’s all up to you.

Unhappy  Couple Standing Back To Back

You can either choose to be in control of your own happiness, or you can let it be determined by the things around you.

When you choose to be happy, though, there is nothing that can dampen your spirits – not the bills or stress from work, not an argument with your spouse or a traffic jam. When you are in control of your mood, your happiness comes from within, and outside factors don’t stand a chance.

Happiness has a way of affecting the rest of your life too. When you choose to be happy at work, you’ll get more done, you’ll be more accurate, and you’ll be more pleasant to be around – and this quickly transforms into more opportunities for advancement, more recognition, and ultimately, raises and promotions.

When you choose to be happy in your day-to-day errands and routines, the daily commute is suddenly less stressful, waiting in line doesn’t seem so bad, and all of the potential stress-causers roll right off of your back.

Most importantly, choosing to be happy has an immense impact on the quality of your marriage. Making the conscious choice to be in control of your mood translates directly into fewer arguments, more affection, a better sex life, and an all around happier existence as a couple!

This simple choice really does make that big of a difference!

If you can find it within yourself to have a positive outlook on life, to understand that the only person responsible for your happiness is you – you can change your entire life! An attitude of general happiness makes it easier to solve problems, to approach new situations – to do anything you want!

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Dr. Dana Fillmore and Amy Barnhart, co-Founders, StrongMarriageNow.com