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At the supermarket I go to, there's a cashier who's boisterously happy and friendly, as he sells fresh loaves of French bread to shoppers. The last time I was there he was dressed as a loaf of French bread, complete with a replica of a pat of butter on his head. "Look at that guy," said my friend, "He's so happy! Can you imagine if everyone were that happy!"

It would be a much better world, that's for sure.

Happiness is internal. Sometimes circumstances are so bad, to be happy would be a lie. I'm not saying be happy all the time, no matter what. We still need to experience the full spectrum of human emotions — jealousy, depression, anger, regret — they are all vital for a well-rounded inner life. These emotions are the catalysts that can answer the hidden questions of our lives. Why were we so angry; what situation or person caused us to get so mad, and how can we prevent this from happening again? It's the way we handle our negative emotions that makes the difference. After all, some of the greatest art in history — songs, movies, poems — make use of these negative emotions to great acclaim and profit. Half of the love songs written are about depression and anger after a breakup, as much as they are about giddy new love.

A person who is truly happy — or at least content — is fully aware of who they are, and this makes it easier to define and achieve goals. Here's something interesting: Back in 1996, I wrote my wishes on an index card, and put them on my makeshift altar, next to my St. Jude candle. I recently found the card again, and realized everything on it had transpired. "Next time, wish for a million dollars," one of my friends commented wryly.

One of the truest theorems on manifesting or positive thinking was voiced by a bar patron I met in New Orleans. "If you want something, you need to ingrain it in your brain and then forget it," he suggested. If you push, push, push to achieve a goal, and keep pushing, loudly, vocally, desperately, the universe doesn't always comply — it's perseverance and attitude, not volume, that causes the universe to propel our goal to fruition.
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BIO: Marianne Moro is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her writing has been featured in Manifest, Aquarius/Sign of the Times, and in many other publications and websites. She works part-time for a film trade magazine, and considers New Orleans her "home away from home."

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