I Googled this phrase the other day: How To Be Happy. The results were pretty interesting. According to the all mighty Internet, the tricks to being happy are:
-Getting lots of sleep
-Laughing out loud
-Organizing your stuff
-Not watching the news
-Have a pet that you stroke often
-Smile a lot
-Perform anonymous acts of kindness
-Get your hair done
-Do something you’ve never done before
The lists went on and on. Honestly, none of them are bad suggestions (except the one that I read about living with someone you love and who loves you in return – pretty much meaning living together outside of marriage, which I am soooo not okay with). But will that stuff really and truly make you happy?
Personally, I’ve added some other things to be day-to-day life that I think work as a much more reliable source of experiencing happiness.
-Read your Bible every day. Even if it is just a passage, but it’s especially great to have a much more extended time in the Word. I’m doing Bible in a year, but there are so many other methods. The bottom line is to have that time to listen to God’s voice and let His love and truth fill your heart and mind.
-Pray for other people. Self-pity is one of the biggest joy suckers known to man. If you find yourself feeling blue, take your eyes off of your life and put it on someone else’s.
-Talk with a good friend each day. One of the great things about being married is that I get to talk with my best friend every day. We talk about what we are reading in our Bibles, what God is teaching us, and what we are struggling with. Each and every day I am reminded that I am not going through life alone.
Three things. That’s it. Of course, sleep, exercise, reading, and all of that other stuff are good things to do. They will probably lift your mood, help you be healthier, and improve your attitude.
But those three things that all together take about thirty to sixty minutes a day will truly change you from the inside out.
Question: If you were to make a “How To Be Happy” list, what would you put on it?