What Determines Happiness? Events or Attitude.

Your class read Charles Dicken’ Classic ” A Christmas Carol”. We are going to create a written opinion piece based on this story and a quote of our 16th President Abraham Lincoln.   The full opinion piece will ask you to consider Lincoln’s words in relation to Charles Dickens story but for today lets just get at what Mr. Lincoln meant by these word below.

motivatorf0d74d76f657ca0bdf8ea79c4776af0ae694ccdf That is what Lincoln had to say about Happiness: Most Folks are as happy as they make their mind up to be” What does Lincoln mean ? Explain what Lincoln’s opinion about happiness was. ( In at least 4 sentences but no more than 10)

36 responses

  1. Rolando

    He is saying that some people dont have a reasoning to be mad all the time like in the movie a chrismas carol srooge was a mad man but 3 goest visted him and they showed him stuff and the 3d goest showed him 2 little kids and was like what was that and the goest said that the evil people kids and the 2 goest showed him tiny tim. i think lincoln is saying that people can be happy if they can do fun stuff and dont be mean to people all the time and let it go and when you think good things good things happen to you. I do agree with lincoln.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

  2. Zaquan

    I thank mean if people went to be happy they can be happy .I they went to be mad they could be mad for a reasoning. great think happened when you think good thanks

    January 3, 2013 at 10:32 am

  3. Mark

    Yes,I agree to president Abraham Lincoln’s quote. He means that you can be happy the way you what to be. And he is also telling you that you can change by a special event or you can change by yourself. President Abraham Lincoln’s quote is true because anyone can change. I think evreyone should agree with Abraham Lincoln’s quote.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:32 am

  4. Mochan

    I agree with him.That people can do want they want.He is saying that people can be happy if they want to be happy.People can be hurt & happy at the same time . That want he is trying to tell you.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:34 am

  5. Christopher

    I agree with Abraham Lincoln’s comment. People chose to be happy or not. You don’t have to chose to not be happy because what happen to you in the past. You can be happy if you put your mind to it.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:35 am

  6. isaiah brown

    i agree with abraham lincoln comment people choose to be happy or mean its there decsion scrooge was one of those mean men until the end of the story abe lincoln was one of those happy ones.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:36 am

  7. leeniyah

    1.Most folks are happy as they make their mind up to be.
    2.Most people can be nice and some people can be mean.
    3.Some people lose family that why they dont like people.
    4.You can be happy if you put your mind to it.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

  8. Kayshanua

    Lincolns stament is true folks make their life the way thay want it to be. Make it you have the choice to be happy or mad

    January 3, 2013 at 10:45 am

  9. Damarco

    I agree with lincoln . People could be injured and still ba happy.That when your feeling down you could let it go and move on . That is why i agree with lincoln.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:46 am

  10. Allen Lloyd

    Yes i agree ; to the president abraham lincoln quote. He means that you can be happy if you make your mind up to it.you now abraham lincoln has family and he happy so you can be happy just like him and other kids and parents.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

  11. kayshanna

    1. Most folks are happy as they make their mind up to be.
    2. Most people can be nice and some people can be mean.
    3. Some people lose family that why they don’t like people.
    4. you can be happy if you put your mind to it.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

  12. richard

    ABE means there happy but they have no reason to be happy. They have the joy to be happy but they don’t have the reason. They have a choice over their happiness.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

  13. sequoya

    Lincoln meant that people chose to be happy on there own.Some times in life people die but people still be happy. Because they LOVE there life so it makes no sense to be mad so they choose to be happy.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

  14. Robert

    I think lincoln means that no matter what, people can be happy no matter what happens. I also think that lincoln might made people do what he said. You never know people do have control of there own happiness. I think lincoln cant convince them maybe they can think about it and maybe agree with him.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

  15. Xerena

    I feel that lincoln means that people dont need a good life to be happy.or a good circumstance .people have there own cntrol of being happy. and they dont have to be poor to be sad they have control.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

  16. joshua irizarry

    i think Abe Lincoln meant that people can be happy if they decide to be happy.i think that they have control to be happy because if you decide to be happy you can be happy.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

  17. Steven

    LINCOLN MENT by happy. That people lose there family but they put there mind into it. People are free to be happy becase they have controve of there self. And people have a choice to be happy or not its what comes in your heart.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

  18. TIMMIE

    reder you desand want make you happynes he ment so time wen you are mad at some one you are sell happy or dead you are sill happya STUFF DONIT OLWAZ MAKE YOU HAPPY.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:28 am

  19. aaron

    Lincoln ment people should do what ever they like because it is freedom of speech.He means that people can be happy and there kids to.People can deal with there own kids and no be in trouble.Also choose what you want to do when you grow up.

    January 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

  20. tyler

    1.lincoln meant that you make your on happiness.
    2.Thaer is no risone good enough to not be happey.
    3.gust like tinytim had a bad helf but god life and he is all was hapey.

    January 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

  21. kareem

    lincoln meamt people can be happy if thoy want tobe i agree wit this

    January 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

  22. daquan

    1 lincoln meant that people can make they own choices to be happy
    I agree with lincoln abut this

    January 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

  23. Allen Lloyd

    lincen meant that to be greatful what you get and all ways be happy and good and happy and have a good life and a happy life. lencen thut to be happy he says whay do some be un happey

    January 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

  24. nazair

    lincoln ment to say that everyone has a right to be happy or unhappy
    i think no one shoudl be up set or mad everyone makes there own choices on how there day should go

    January 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm

  25. derrick white

    1. Lincoln meant that most folks make there own decisions. To choose what ever to be happy or unhappy. This is what lincoln meant.

    January 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm

  26. stephon

    Lincoln said most people are happy as they make there mind to be. I think what he meant by this is some people are not happy but some people are happy.the person who decides is us whether or not we will be happy

    January 4, 2013 at 10:36 am

  27. torre

    I think that lincoln meant that happyness is to do something you like to do.To be happy is to play with or do what you like to do.Happyness is what on the inside not on outside it is your choice.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

  28. quincy

    lincoin mean buy this you can make yuor own decision and no one else make you happy but your selves

    January 4, 2013 at 10:45 am

  29. cameron

    Abe Lincoln says its what your decision to pick your feelings. YOU make yourself happy or sad.Abe Lincoln was talking about how you threet people and yourself the way you wont to be threeted.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:45 am

  30. terrell

    LINCOLN mewns. that people make them selues happu

    January 4, 2013 at 10:46 am

  31. jonny

    I think Lincln meant that you as could happy no matter what happens
    .

    January 4, 2013 at 10:47 am

  32. khalil

    what lincoln mint to say was popil have the rite to be happy andsom popil are gust sad and win bad tacs haping in ure liffe som popil are stll happy in ure liff but treris popil out tier to mack you sa

    January 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

  33. alvin

    it think lincoln meant that you as couid happy even if .
    something bad happens

    January 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

  34. Adam

    i thing lincoln is right about all people can be sad or happy i tls thelr cholce

    January 8, 2013 at 9:49 am

  35. jahlil

    happy sad heip peoie lincoln thinks pepole can choose

    January 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

  36. john

    i tnink thut lincm meunt tuut roople ncue the

    choice to mad or happy john

    January 8, 2013 at 9:59 am

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