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How do you stay happy and positive, also what is your motto to keep you positive?

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You have to look at life as a balance sheet. My wife died about 9 years ago, one of my children died 7 years ago and I had cancer. That's enough devastation for one lifetime and enough to put someone in deep depression. On the other side of the balance sheet, I have 3 more loving children, many relatives, financial freedom, a great dog and super friends. The positives don't erase the negatives but the positives surely out number them. That's what keeps me happy and positive.

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Well said friend
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Thank you blades.
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Well said indeed. Your answer touched home.
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Thats an amazing answer. I mean that sincerely.
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So sorry, hippy. : [
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Thank you all. Happiness always survives, even in the sad times.
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You are welcome. :)
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You know I gone though a lot, and for someone to have that courage, that positivity, is truly a great person with a great beautiful heart
God bless you :)
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I meant you went through alot! Sorry~ :)
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Thank you CuteBuzz.
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Everything happens for a reason... And the reason is usually a good one.

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"So many blessins, why we stressin, lookin for them better dayz" ~Tupac

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nothing good comes out when your down/sad. So stay up/positive.

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Realizing the better in life helps me stay happy and positive. Doing what I love keeps me happy and positive. Cherishing what I have now makes me happier, knowing I and many others have had less and have been through worse.
"The sweet doesn't taste as good, without the bitter."

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My life, my way

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Well, I hide all of my pain. I tell myself that tomorrow will be better, there are things to look forward to, and there ARE people who love me. The poeple who hurt me still care, the things that scare me will turn out alright, the problems I have will turn out for the better. I have faith in God and know I'll be okay... I WILL be okay. Plus, I have to stay strong for others, right? :)
"If you are alive, you have reason to be happy. If things are really bad, they can only get better. Everyone has a purpose on this planet and you can find yours. Somebody out there needs you and is thankful that they know you."

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Accepting Christ.

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What is to accept. ?
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That he died on the cross for your sins so that you won't have to spend eternity on hell. All you have to do Is admit that are a sinner, ask him to come into your heart, forgive you of your sins,and save your soul. He loves you no matter what.
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What keeps me happy and positive is my beautiful soon-to-be fiance ;) she's the whole reason I chose the right path in life, if I hadn't have met her, I would be out there somewhere living god knows where and in jail. My motto, "Don't let others criticize what they have yet to understand about you. They call you down and you just keep looking up" -Elvis Presley

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I just think of the good outcome of life. And my motto is YOYO.
YOYO works like this: when someone said YOLO then I say YOYO.
Y- your'e
O- on
Y- your
O- own.

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Cynical yet true
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There's a poem by Edward Guest that has kept me going since my younger years and even now. It's just a matter of problem solving instead of giving up too easily...

http://allpoetry.com/poem/8471341-It_Couldn_t_Be_Done-by-Edgar_Albert_Guest

I just don't like being outsmarted by dumb machinery or happenstance.

"Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
At least no one has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it."

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I count all my blessings everyday. I'm not a very healthy person, but I know I can look down the road no more than 1/4 of a mile & there's someone a lot worse off than me. I also think about the things I have that most of us take for granted that a lot of people don't have, especially in other parts of the world & even our brave men & women that are in our military. I'm thankful that I have a warm home to come into in the winter & a cool one in the summer; for my soft pillow & warm bed I get to sleep in each night..when others maybe just have the hard ground; I have clean running water to drink; that I have not just clothes, but pretty clothes to wear when some may have none or very little; I have food on my table every day for every meal when some may go days without having anything to eat. I could go on and on. And I guess my motto actually comes from 2 verses out of the Bible. One says, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance." And the other one is, "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice."

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nothing is impossible
with hard work theres no obstacle

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My motto..
Count others blessings and when they feel down remind them of how wonderfully blessed they are ... before they complain and try to ruin your day

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Look for the small bits of beauty in everything. Beauty is always there if you take the time to find it.

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Hakumamatata = it means no worries the lion king = )

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hello....
knock knock
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I do what I must to be who I want to be. I realize that suffering as someone I don't want to be is worse than suffering to be someone I want to be. I don't get discouraged because my heart is ripped out of my chest and stomped on- I just go do my thing anyway.

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When I start feeling sorry for myself, I look around and see so many that are so much worse off, and I get ashamed of myself. It makes me realize how truly blessed I am.

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Though my answer here is partly true.. I don't mind hearing the troubles of others.. I've always had somewhat of a gift for lifting spirits...but I have to spin it into humor to disarm its power to weight my spirit...
There is much sadness in the world...
Many tears shed that have made the ocean waters taste of salt.
It is our duty though... to find the beauty, joy and laughter from this pain.
It is after all the only way we can honor ourselves and those we have, do and will share love with.
Death... and the void we experience when we are left behind is by far the most difficult task in life...
I don't know if you will ever read this..
I suppose I intentionally do this sort of thing when I have a message I want to share in as much privacy as possible
and I hope you understand..
When one leaves this body ..
We are completely and wholly enveloped in a love so profound that everything we know in this world.. all the love, beauty and kindness we've shared or experienced is the size of a pinhead in comparison.. It matters not where one has worshipped the religion one has pursued for understanding..
It is not any of what man has told us
The "Love" is greater than all things we know combined..
LOVE is the only way.. it is the sum of all things.. From here .. we go to a greater love.. infinite in scope.. we are finally rejoined with the universe.. the blue sky the shining sun... a drop of rain that falls on a child's head on the first day of school.. simply touching all that has been and all that will be
Ravin you are wise to recognise your blessings.. it is through what you have shared.. and lost.. that makes your love strong and right
I am joyful knowing that this doesn't have to be read by you ... for you to be touched by this, :)
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That was absolutely one of the most beautiful things I've ever read. I feel very humble that you would share it with me. You're really a very deep person behind that sharp sense of humor, aren't you. Anyway, thank you very much. Means a lot to me.
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