It’s incredible the effect that a single decision can have upon your life and your experience of it. You don’t need to know what’s coming; trying to micro-manage your life will only lead to frustration. But when you decide to enjoy yourself, to be kind, to be happy, you open yourself up to the likelihood of creating that experience. The best trick I’ve found is to make the decision to be happy, to have fun, to be helpful–whatever it may be–as often as possible. Before you go on vacation, you may find that you’ve made an unconscious decision to have fun–why else are you investing so much time and money? If the decision is a strong one, and you are determined to enjoy yourself, a rainstorm becomes an adventure, lost luggage becomes an excuse to buy new clothes. When you decide to be a force of peace, or of service to others, or simply to have a good time, you will find that events transpire to help you. Wherever you put your focus, if you are determined to meet your goal, you will find ways to get there. It may only take something small to get you going. If you’re with a group of people you don’t know well but you are determined to relax and enjoy yourself, you may start by noticing how the sunlight feels on your skin or that your favorite song is playing. Once you’ve started noticing things that are in line with your decision, you’ll find more of them, and change the quality of your entire day. So decide to treat your life as one long vacation. Decide to enjoy yourself. Decide to be open to new adventures. Be curious. Take the time to relax, and to be kind to others. Intend joy for yourself and others. Decide to see the best in others, and decide to make the most of each situation. When you don’t make these decisions, well, that’s a decision, too. A decision to let other people, other events, dictate your experience. A decision to float through life, feeling happy or sad based upon things outside of yourself. Why not decide, instead, to love others, to love yourself, to find whatever happiness you can?