The story below was sent to me, via email, by a dear friend.  I love the message and wanted to share it.  I agree, happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.   . . .

A 92-year-old,  petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully
dressed each  morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably
combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind,
moved to a nursing home today.

His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move
necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of
the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual
description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that
had been hung on his window. I love it,’ he stated with the
enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with
a new puppy.

Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.’

‘That doesn’t have anything to do with it,’ he  replied.
Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.

Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture
is arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to
love it. ‘It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I
have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the
difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work,
or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the
new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored
away.  Just for this time in my life. Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

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