Student: How can I guarantee myself joy in my day, in my life?
Teacher: There’s a process that works at will, if you’re willing to allow it to.
Student: What might that process be?
Teacher: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Student: I go to the toilet. I get a cup of coffee. I look out the window to see what the weather’s like.
Teacher: Have none of those be first. SMILE; just smile. If you made it a habit to smile, even before you breathed, before your toilet trip to be relieved, before you took that first sip of coffee, before you checked to notice the weather – you’d drop the need to feel satisfied with some condition before you decide to be joyful. That places you in charge of your mood, not the conditions in your life.