I just want to be happy! We’ve all heard this & probably even said it a few times ourselves. Some people seem to be more naturally proned to being happy & maybe they’re just optimists. Or, maybe they know the secret of being thankful, even when it’s not Thanksgiving. When you find yourself in a funk, start thinking of the things for which you can be grateful – the more you do this, it’s highly possible that your happiness quotient will increase. Another secret to be happy relates to being generous, but that’s for another day 🙂
Happiness can sometimes be an elusive goal & on occasion we can miss some happiness that’s sitting right in front of our nose. With that being said, here are a few ideas that could help us to stay happy:
*dont say everything you think – an obvious morsel of wisdom
*look for good bc we usually find what that for which we look
*keeping a generous mindset prevents the selfish lack deception
*be positive bc complaining can be a severe energy drain
*chose love over apathy w a healthy dose of forgiveness 🙂
*keep a relentless focus in Jesus!
Last night I had some friends over for dinner & I really enjoyed making a nice dinner for everyone (I even tried some new recipes that weren’t too bad). As I sat & enjoyed the fellowship, my family & food, one of the things that I enjoyed the most was that our meal couldn’t be repaid.
This is my same experience with saving Moses – I get to give to babies & toddlers with a pure heart & no strings attached. It brings me great joy & happiness when I get to freely give & bless others. Somewhere it says that it’s more blessed to give than receive ,)
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. 😉