Tuesday, May 3, 2011

21 Habits of Joyful People, Part 1

Many thanks to my Sister Beloved, Dr. Michelle McCollin for the idea and much of the following content. Photo Credits: Google Images

Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one really wants to be sad and depressed. We’ve all seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. I’m not saying happy people don’t feel grief, sorrow or sadness; they just don’t let it overtake their life.

“No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.”       
~ Barbara de Angelis

For the next 7 installments under this title, we will explore 21 things happy people make a habit of doing on a consistent basis.  

Here are the first three:

1. Appreciate Life

Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

“Let all that I am praise The LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me.” Psalm 103:2 (NLT)

2. Choose Friends Wisely

Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. Friends that have the same ethics as you will encourage you to achieve your dreams. They help you to feel good about yourself. They are there to lend a helping hand when needed.

“Don’t hang out with angry people; don’t keep company with hotheads. Bad temper is contagious – don’t get infected.”  Proverbs 22:24 (The Message Bible)

3. Be Considerate

Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life. Respect them for who they are. Touch them with a kind and generous spirit. Help when you are able, without trying to change them. That’s God’s job. Try to brighten the day of everyone with whom you come into contact.

“Honor all people. Love the brotherhood (family of faith). Fear God. Honor the king.” 1Peter 2:17 (NKJV)

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~Abraham Lincoln

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