I started thinking this morning about what makes people happy and how to be happier all the time. I think happiness begins with being thankful.
First, when you wake up in the morning, you can be thankful that God gave you another day to live. That did not happen for everyone today, so start with that and let it make you happy.
Second, you can be thankful and happy with who you are. I’ve written here a few times about how important it is to love yourself, before you can love others. Accepting and embracing who you are and being happy about being you is critical. What ever was in your past, remember that God loves you no matter what, so allow yourself to love you, too.
Third, you can be thankful and satisfied (and thus happy) with what you have and not envious of what other s have or covetous about things that you don’t have. We have been told –
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” (Matthew 6:31-32)
By the time that you get to thinking about the fourth thing to be thankful for that makes you happy you’ll just be happy about everything and in the proper mood to face the day.
Maybe this technique for happiness works because it displaces the things that make us unhappy, such as envy, greed, self-doubt and insecurity.
The choice is really up to you each day. If you wake up and decide that you’d rather be happy today, than to be unhappy; just start thinking about the things that I’ve outline above. Be thankful to God for all that you have and all that you are.
What more could you want? Trust the one who brought you to this point to make the correct path to your future and be happy along the way.
Have a thankful, happy day and a great weekend.