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Happy Monday is yours for the taking

Surround yourself with the people you love, reach out to help others and make every day a happy day
Surround yourself with the people you love, reach out to help others and make every day a happy day
Sandy Wallace

As a new work week begins, many of us look back with regret on a weekend that slipped away too quickly. We also look ahead to a busy week at the office, filled with too much to do and not enough time to get it all done.

Spend time with those you love and look for the positives in life and a Happy Monday is yours for the taking
Sandy Wallace

The first thing I notice when I log into Twitter today is that the hashtag #HappyMonday is trending. Of course, my curiosity makes me look to see what others consider a Happy Monday.

From selfies to advice for life, there are plenty of positive offerings about Happy Monday. There's also more than a touch of sarcasm on some posts, including one that reads:

620 in the morning and a guy is getting a DUI test #happymonday

Another tweet shows how many of us think about Mondays:

I just got so mad when my alarm went off #HappyMonday

There's a photo of a plate piled high with chocolate chip cookies for National Chocolate Chip Day, which is today. There's also a photo of a certain part of a man's anatomy that's best not mentioned here, as well as countless other photos.

What's your idea of a happy Monday? For some, it's the first day of a vacation week. For others, it's waking up to the sun shining or a week filled with possibilities.

A happy Monday is yours for the taking every week. Each day is a fresh slate, waiting for you to write the events of your life. Each Monday morning is another new beginning, an opportunity to look for the positives in your life instead of complaining about the negatives.

As a collective group, we all spend too much time complaining and not enough time being grateful. Happiness isn't as elusive as we think it is. When you focus on the positives, you'll find that happiness follows.

They say love conquers all and it's true. Spend time with the people you love and happiness washes over you like a sudden rain shower on a summer day.

Enjoy the activities you love and each day is filled with a sense of adventure and excitement. The same feeling is yours to enjoy by looking forward to the day's activities, regardless of what they may be.

A day at the office means money in your paycheck. A day spent caring for your children, grandchildren or parents means you've brought a little happiness into someone else's life.

Instead of thinking of all the things you don't have, reach out to help others who have even less and you'll find your life filled with blessings.

Love what you're doing, do it the best you can, help others and spend time with the people who matter to you. Soon you'll find a happy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week. It's all a matter of perspective.