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choose to be positive

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At the beginning of my 8 a.m. class one Monday 
at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), 
I cheerfully asked my students how their 
weekend had been. One young man said that his 
weekend had not been very good. He’d had his 
wisdom teeth extracted. The young man then 
proceeded to ask me why I always seemed to be so cheerful. 


His question reminded me of something I'd read 
somewhere before: “Every morning when you get up, 
you have a choice about how you want to approach life 
that day.” I said to the young man. “I choose to be cheerful. 
Let me give you an example,” I continued. The other 60 
students in the class ceased their chatter and began to 
listen to our conversation. “In addition to teaching here at 
UNLV, I also teach out at the community college in 
Henderson, about 17 miles down the freeway from where I live. 
One day a few weeks ago I drove those 17 miles to Henderson. 
I exited the freeway and turned onto College Drive. I only had 
to drive another quarter-mile down the road to th…