Every morning while I was eating breakfast, my dad would always come into the kitchen and tell me to make that day a good one. But early on he taught me that happiness and joy is a choice. When I am having a bad day it is typically because I am letting things get to me. Most people would say that happiness is merely circumstantial, and maybe a part of it is. But why not put in your best effort to make every day a happy one? Don’t go around faking it, just find ways to appreciate the small things instead of choosing to focus on the bad. Last week I was driving to work and in a not-so-good mood. Then suddenly the song Happy by Pharell came on the radio. Normally I would change the channel or plug up my ipod but this time I didn’t. Instead I found myself singing and clapping along to the song. Then another upbeat song came on the radio and I got into it as well. Then I stopped by McDonald’s and got a vanilla iced coffee for a dollar. Uh, hello? Yummy iced coffee, any size, only a dollar. That’s good enough to put anybody in a fabulous mood. The rest of the day went by just as amazing. Instead of silently complaining to myself about all the work I had to do or how long it would take me, I just enjoyed my iced coffee, listened to my music, and got right to work. It wasn’t unlike any other day, but it was good. Why? Because I chose to be happy that day and enjoy what I was doing. Try it sometime. Take a seemingly boring, average day, and make it a great one.