Andree Seu in a helpful post on resolving to be joyful this year rather than anxious:
Is it possible to choose joy? May I go forth from this first day of the new year and decide to put off anxiety and choose joy? Or are we saying that we have a cooperative part in putting to death foul language, but have no cooperative part in putting to death anxiety?
When I look at my own existential experience, I see that anxiety is actually chosen. A person may have coddled anxiety for so many years that he will swear to me that it is not a choice but just the way he is, and that he can do nothing about it. But it was an epiphany to me that when I am full of anxiety, I have chosen to be anxious. This raises the obvious question: Why would anyone in his right mind choose anxiety over joy?
If you struggle with anxiety this post is worth the read.