|Shannon (right) and her girls Megan (middle) and Chelsea|
There is a quote by Marjorie Hinckley that I have heard a lot. She said, “The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.” The first time I heard this, my first thought was, "Wow, Sister Hinckley is quoting Shannon!" I had heard this idea first from my friend.
This past General Conference one of the things I felt impressed to work on was on choosing to be happy more often. Now, I make myself sound kind of weepy and unhappy, and I do not think I am really like that the majority of the time, but that does not mean that I can't choose happiness more often! I have worked on this for years, and I can look back and see improvements. I have come to understand myself better, and in realizing that I am often crying just out of exhaustion, I can find it in me to laugh instead. There is so much in life to be happy about, and so much help available for hard days. I hope to find myself, when telling a friend about a frustrating situation I faced, saying, "I had to laugh!"