happy today, happy tomorrow.

There’s a connection between the way you think and the way you are. Not only that, there’s also a direct link between the way you think today and the person you will become tomorrow. Your thoughts, words, and actions will determine your life more than anything else—more than where you go to college, more than what you major in, and more than the first job you get.

Years ago, someone came up with a great quotation that makes this point really well. I say “years ago” because a version of this saying goes back at least to 1910, and I say “someone” because it has been credited to all kinds of people, from Mahatma Gandhi to Margaret Thatcher’s father to the founder of a supermarket chain in Texas.1 I’m not sure anyone knows who should really get the credit for it, but I like the words, and I know they are true:

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

The short “Sadie version” of this quotation is: your thoughts determine your destiny. If you want to get a glimpse of where you are headed in the future, start by looking at what you’re thinking about today. I want to encourage you to make up your mind to be happy, because your mind is where happiness begins. Thinking happy will not mess up your schedule, and it will not cost any money, but it will be the best investment you can make. It won’t even make you tired; in fact, it will probably give you more energy than ever, because happiness just has that effect on people. If you are down or discouraged, decide today to shake that off and become a happier person by thinking happier thoughts. You can make your life and your future better just by thinking happier thoughts.

But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. —Psalm 68:3

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  • Olivia Wilbanks says:

    "But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful." I love this blog so much today because a few years ago, I changed. In the way I acted, the way I viewed others, the way I lived life, and I made it my soul purpose to be happy. To wake up every single morning and thank God for what was, what is, and what is to come. I know I still slip at times, and I become frustrated, or upset, but I have always tried to spread happiness like wildfire because happiness is so contagious, and it’s such a blessing. Thank you for this today. God bless you always!!

  • Cessna Espitia says:

    Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Phillippians 4 : 8

    Amen and amen

  • Davie Wimberly says:

    Thank you for this! This is exactly what I needed!

  • Pauline Pierce says:

    Really good blog today!

  • Julia Emerson says:

    Love how this blog article condensed the impact one’s thoughts has on their destiny. You are a great writer Sadie!

  • Nicholas Julien says:

    BTW: Will you go fishing with me?–NJ

  • Jimmy Thedford says:

    Great content. I would suggest getting an editor. There a few mistakes.

  • Zynthia Reyes says:

    love, love, love!!!

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