My thoughts, behaviors, and choices influence my happiness. Life is made up of one-third what I say and do. Another one-third is the choices the people around me make in which I have no control. Hopefully, my wife will continue to choose to be with me. I cannot control her choice. I can decide how I will behave in hopes that she will find me pleasant and interesting, but in the end the choice is hers. The final third, which again I have no control, is what the universe, biology, nature, or what some believe to be God determines. I have no control over a hurricane hitting Tampa or my cat having heart disease. This is biology and nature. I do have a choice in how I want to interpret and related to these specific events—and what I choose to think about these things will have a major impact on my behavior, feelings, and physiology.

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