Happiness and an optimist view is a choice. Choose to be happy with conviction and ‘happy’ will follow. We can choose to focus on the storm or the collection of things that can be taken for granted. When we choose gratitude for the collection of experiences in our life that are taken for granted we WILL be able to see how much we really have to be happy about. For example: It could be the warm water we receive when showering, the legs to walk to the bathroom, the door and walls that give us privacy, and the eyes to see which is the shampoo bottle. And… When we observe intently, there is always something wonderful in each day that can add a smile.