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Choose to be Happy

Publisher's Note

April 01, 2011
The Jordan YMCA is the source of my column this month. In the locker rooms and on the exercise machines, you often find a message that needs exploring.

"Choose to be Happy" was posted in the women's locker room, and I thought to myself, how true. I went back to read the article and it was a poem titled "Choose to be Happy" by Marlene Rose.

Choose to be happy

Choose to feel great

Choose not to let things make you irate

I know that some people are not feeling great.

And I know that some people just know how to hate

And I wish that all people would be healthy and strong

And I wish that all people would just get along.

If wands could be waved and the world would be cured

I'd wave that big wand, you can be assured

But I'll do what I can every day I am here

And try to remember the "good" year to year.

And I choose to be happy

And I choose to feel great

And I choose not to let thinks make me irate

Spring is here and the blooming flowers once again assure us that there is a good reason for the seasons. We all feel more invigorated and happy. Share your happiness with others by acts of kindness, compassion and consideration. Help your children learn that when they are happy and content, they accomplish more. Our own attitudes reflect in our children, so choosing to be happy helps everyone. Aristotle wrote: "Happiness depends upon ourselves."

May all of the readers of Indy's Child enjoy the festivities of spring and the many activities listed in our family friendly calendar. Most of all, "Choose to be Happy" and share your happiness with others!

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Barbara Wynne is the founding publisher of Indy's Child Magazine.

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