We've all watched the movie, maybe we've read a self-help book on how to be happy or possibly when you think of being happy you just think of Pharrell Williams' song.
It seems easy to be happy when we are on Summer holidays, looking back over a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. But how can we be happy all the time? How can we get this year started in a positive way?
Mark Williamson in his article in the Guardian said, "We’re constantly bombarded with messages about what makes for a good life. Advertisers tell us it comes from owning and consuming their products. The media associate it with wealth, beauty or fame. And politicians claim that nothing matters more than growing the economy. But do any of these things really bring lasting happiness?"
Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Any happy person will tell you that happiness is a choice. Each day we wake up, we decide to be happy or unhappy. With all the uncertainty in the world, or even in your day, YOU are in charge of your mind. Try to focus on the positive, be grateful for what you do have and find different ways to bounce back.
Psa 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
God is the key to our happiness on earth. We can't blame others for our unhappiness. We can't get happy by purchasing things. We can't get happy by having a seemly perfect life. As Jim Carrey said, "I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer".
Some tips for happiness?
Eph 3:12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
Prov 15:13 A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
1. Forgive more.
2. Don't worry about things you can't control.
3. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
4. Do meaningful things with your life.
5. Feel part of something bigger.
For more practical ideas read this article.