Chase the happy!

What Makes You Happy? A Guest Pondering

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Hi there, readers of my mom's blog. I've decided to give my mother a break from blogging and write her pondering post for her this week. When I asked her what to write about, she told me to answer the following question:

How do you stay positive all the time?

Chase the happy!

Now, being a teenager, I gave her a quick, simple answer and she told me to write about that. I'm not an expert but I'll do my best.

The first thing you need to know is what makes you happy. Now I could give you a google (1 with 100 zeros after it. It's a real number.) of dictionary definitions but they wouldn't do you any good if you don't know what happy means to you. What I want you to do is to write down what happiness means to you on a sticky note or whatever you choose.


Do you have your definition now? I hope you do. Now to be happy all the time the first thing you have to do is become happy. You can do this by making your definition come true. Whether it means doing something, being with someone or looking at pictures of baby pandas.

Waving baby panda


Congratulations! You are now happy! Now to stay happy, do the things that make you happy as much as possible. And, as the phenomenal videoblogger Zefrank says, “Chase That Happy.”

You also want to stay away from things that make you unhappy. Now this can be as easy as cleaning a little clutter off your desk or getting a new pen but it may be harder like staying away from negative people.

I personally like to fix this problem by letting some of my happy run off on them by making them smile or laugh. If you have things in your life that can't be fixed by that, you always ALWAYS ALWAYS need to look on the bright side of things. Their lawn is greener? Well, then have an awesome garden. The glass is half empty? No! It's half full! I twisted my ankle and can't dance? Well, at least I still have a leg.

Well, maybe not all of these are the best examples. But you get the idea. Choosing to be happy is what makes me stay positive. I choose the positive things that go on my personal post-it note of happiness.

I hope this post got you thinking. I would love to see your meaning of happy so please tweet me at @ShaylalaRose or leave them in the comments.



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  1. Stop thinking and just enjoying the share beauty of simple things that make life worth living is what makes me happy, or just commenting on your happy post! Thanks for sharing 🙂 🙂

  2. Just enjoying the simple things in life that are actually really BIG things, that’s what makes me happy 🙂 🙂

  3. Love this post, Superbly Shayla! As you say, happiness is a choice. We all have ups and downs, challenges and struggles,  aches and pains… the key is choosing to see the happiness forest rather than the trees of despair, unless that makes you happy 🙂

    1.  @PaulBiedermann Thanks Paul but you didn’t answer my question!!! whats makes you happy?

      1.  @shaylalarose I did so! What do you think I meant when I typed “Love this post?” Your post made me very happy — now your mom has competition in the positivity niche.

        1.  @PaulBiedermann haha thanks but i don’t think i could ever get as popular as her 🙂 i 

  4. happy well behaved children and a clean house (what i always ask from them for my birthday).

  5. Seeing this post on a Monday morning made me happy, Shayla! Also, the thought that my 9 y/o daughter could someday be as insightful as you are made me happy. I really appreciated reading this and thank you for writing it. I’m going to share now :-). Ellen

    1.  @chattyprof thank you very much! and thanks for reading/sharing my post!

  6. I absolutely love this post Peggy and Shayla! thank you for that positive weekly pondering, an awesome guest post! #gratitude

  7. Love it! Thanks for guest posting. Such a great thing to read on a Monday…especially after the holiday last week! Chasing my happiness actually makes me happy most of the time. 

    1.  @annedreshfield That’s super awesome!!! thanks for reading my post!

  8. Shayla, there are many things that make me happy.  Laughing with my wife is one thing I enjoy and playing guitar and singing are another two.  My children make me happy when they show me that they’ve learned from their mistakes.  When I focus my mind mind on the things that I love, I am most happiest.  Thanks for asking, your post has made a positive difference in my life by reminding me of how to stay positive. @Peg Fitzpatrick 

    1.  @philip1  @Peg Fitzpatrick thank you so much and thanks for answering my question!!

  9. Shayla – Fabulous piece of expression and writing.
    What makes me happy is waking up in the morning, seeing the dawn breaking the new day, and knowing I will be part of this previously unseen and new experience.
    Each day is an adventure to be explored. Each day is a gift to be cherished. Each day is yours and yours alone. How could one be anything BUT happy?

    1.  @MZazeela to answer your question i think have to be choosing not to be happy. its like decideing which way to look. you dont have to look at the sad side but some people choose to do so anyways. thanks for reading and responding and letting me answer your (rhetorical) question!!!

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