happy, happy, happy

Happiness isn’t as elusive as it sounds.  For all the philosophers & philogists who are now figuring out if they want discuss etymological differences between joy & happiness, philosophical conundrums in epistemology as it relates to the existential state of happiness in a post-modern context, based on emerging paradigms and other complicated things – this blog may be too simple for your taste. 

For the rest of us, here’s something interesting I read in last week’s paper about some simple things we can do to increase our happiness.

  • give thanks – always find things to be thankful for (when you look, you automatically find your focus will improve)
  • Do good – carry someone’s groceries to the car, take some soup to someone who’s sick, call a friend & tell them that you appreciate them, tell your boss that you appreciate having a job, donate blood.  Kind acts always leaving you feeling good
  • Get involved – hibernating in your apartment or house can lead to some deep depression.  Volunteering at church can be a nice antidote because it helps get us out of the axis of self-centeredness.  Participate with life by engaging with others
  • Chose or lose – a scientific study showed that “only 10% of our well-being is determined by circumstances & 40% is a matter of intentional activity.”

These suggestions are from a secular perspective, but they sure sound alot like Biblical principles.  Gee, makes me think that there might be something worthwhile in that there Bible.  😉

2 thoughts on “happy, happy, happy

  1. A couple of years ago I had a really hard time seeing the blessings in my life and than I read R.T. Kendells book “Just Say Thanks”. It totally changed my mindset and I even started a journal just thanking God for everything he has done in my life and what I saw him doing in other peoples lives as well.

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