How To Be Happy
How To Be Happy
These are not magical answers for all of life’s troubles. Some suffer from depression that is caused by chemical imbalances and other ailments. I also recently read that a study concluded that a fair amount of one’s disposition is genetic. I believe that. We are certainly all wired a little bit differently, but yet we can certainly have control over a certain amount of our own happiness.
Here are three keys to our happiness:
(1) Give. Remember that Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). One of the greatest destroyers of happiness is selfishness. Isn’t that ironic? Though we all may be wired differently, it seems we are all wired to feel good about sacrificing and being a blessing to others.
(2) Live right.Remember the beattitudes! (See Mt. 5:1-12.) Jesus teaches us how we can be blessed. (By the way, blessed is a cousin of happy.) Living the quality of life, and having the disposition described in the beatitudes (and the entire Sermon on the Mount), leads to being blessed by God (also see 1 Pt. 3:10-12). The way Jesus revealed for Christians to live leads to “abundant life” (Jn. 10:10). On the other hand, sin is discouraging and brings a person down!
(3) Be Positive.Remember that Christians have many reasons to be positive. (See Rom. 8:28; Jn. 14:1-4.) The apostle Paul who had just said in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always,” says in verse 8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” To be happy we must think on happy and wholesome things. In the context of this passage we also see how prayer can assist in this regard.
God’s recipe for happiness is far different than the plan man cooks up! Want to be happier? Try mixing together a heavy dose of sacrifice, right living, and positive thinking!