“Be happy,” “Smile, it’s contagious,” “Put on a happy face…”

Really? Isn’t that all just a bunch of woohoo?

I don’t think so! Actually I know so.

For six years I’ve been building Happy Monkey Club and for six years I’ve made the choice to surround myself with positivity. Positive articles, positive books, jokes, quotes etc. and I often wondered in the beginning if it really made a difference. I wondered about the law of attraction and the secret. Could you really think it, believe it and it would just be?

What I have proven to myself is that when you consistently live your life with a positive frame of mind and choose to do things that fit with your values, then yes, having a positive mind set really does make a difference.

Shit happens, that’s just a fact of life. Technology breaks down, things get lost, other people let you down, accidents happen. We can not control how life unfolds but you can control how you react to it. How you react to it is what allows you to make every day a great one. Just think about the last thing that didn’t go so well. Got it? How did you deal with it? Did you get angry? Frustrated? Did you lash out at someone? or did you stay calm, cool and collected and find a way to learn from the situation and solve the problem? If you are like most people it was the first option.

Next time things don’t go your way, instead of reacting immediately. Take a deep breath and think about what you can do to help the situation. The other question to ask is how important will it be in 1 week, 1 month, 1 year? From my experience, calm cool and collected with a smile on my face always works out best.

Life is simple, it’s your choice to choose positive or negative. If you choose positive consistently you’ll start to notice the amazing way you feel and react to life when it throws you a few curve balls!

“Think Happy”

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” ~ Viktor Frankl


  1. Sandra Lemoine on April 9, 2018 at 9:01 am

    I read your article on the way to picking up my 93 year old mother in law , to take her to a nursing home. She wants to go home. She is a very negative person. I’m inspired to be positive and empathetic today Thanks for your words Good timing for us.

    • Carol Ploen-Hosegood on April 9, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Thanks for your feedback Sandra. Caring for aging parents can hard. Be sure to find the things that feed your energy and make time for that. This will allow you to be the best you can be for your mother in law.

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