It has been said that we Americans have more money, and possessions than most of the world, yet, we have been found to be the unhappiest people.
So, how can one find happiness in this life?
Happiness is found where it is lost - by our choices in life and by our attitudes that fill our hearts. A change of heart is the order of the day! Solomon, the wise sage once said, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22).
Inner peace, not world peace is the beginning of happiness!
Happiness is a choice. We can either be miserable or we can choose to be happy. The choice is ours! People who complain, just for the sake of complaining, do so because it is a habit that they have cultivated throughout their life time. The solution is to find the best in people and in your circumstances and the best will come back to you - Paul, the apostle did! “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” (Philippians 4:11).
Regardless of the circumstances in Paul’s life he learned how to be content.
Happiness comes from putting positive things in your mind. Remember your thoughts produce feelings and feelings produce actions. When we think on the better things, we will feel better and in turn, act better!
“Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8).
When all is said and done, be happy.
Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. firstname.lastname@example.org