All too often, people think that their feelings emanate from somewhere inside themselves that they can't control. They are happy, sad, fearful, angry or even jealous, because of something that is out of their control. Not true - nothing could be further from the truth.
Your feelings are yours and yours alone. You can choose any one of those feelings at anytime, regardless of your circumstances.
Think about it, could you make yourself depressed right now? How about angry? Or even sad?
I know I could. It's so easy to get yourself worked up over negative actions and thoughts which generate negative feelings. But believe it or not, it's just as easy to do the same thing with positive feelings - but most of us rarely choose to do it.
If you want to be happy - then choose it. Smile. Dance. Run. Skip. Eat Chocolate. Play Golf. Be Happy. Whatever it is that makes YOU happy.
Act happy, think happy thoughts, and you will feel it.
If you want to be proud of yourself - then choose it. Do the things that you know make you feel proud and stop focusing on the ones that strip you of that feeling.
Act proud, think prideful thoughts, and you will feel proud of yourself.
I know, this all sounds so simple. In truth, it is. What's difficult . . . is actually doing it, because we often forget that we have this power over our own lives.
So as you go about your day today, rather than letting your feelings just "happen" to you, choose to feel the way you want to feel - and make those feelings a reality.