I've been thinking about this a lot the past month or so: is happiness a character trait or is it something learned? Is it chance or is it choice?
I think I'm a pretty happy person. I try not to focus on the negative. I laugh frequently. I smile and am fairly relaxed. Am I that way just because I'm wired to be that way or do I have a choice? I rather contend that it's both. The best I can see it (and I'm no psychologist!) three things created my happiness:
1. I think I'm wired to be positive. It's not a great effort for me to see the good in things for the most part. (I am also wired to be these things, I think: sensitive (ugh), contemplative, rational, un-creative (double ugh).)
2. I had a great, happy upbringing. Both of my parents are generally happy people, so it's the behavior I learned.
3. I choose to be. Especially in the past couple years, I have really focused on the Law of Attraction. It has caused me to have to phyically shift some negative energy to positive have definitely discovered the benefits of that!
What do you think? We've puttered about this in blogosphere here and there, but haven't dedicated a discussion to it. I'm sincerely interested in all your thoughts!