Sunday, May 29, 2011

21 Habits of Joyful People, Part 2

“I do it for the joy it brings, cause I’m a joyful girl. ‘Cause the world owes us nothing, we owe each other the world.” Ani Difranco

For the next 6 installments under this title, we will explore 21 things joyful people make a habit of doing on a consistent basis.  

Here a recap of the first three mentioned in Part 1:

Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one 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. 

These people will: 

1. Appreciate Life
2. Choose Friends Wisely
3. Be Considerate
Part 2
 4. Learn Continuously
"Intelligent people are always open to new ideas. In fact, they look for them."
Proverbs 18:15

Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. Try new and daring things that have sparked your interest – such as dancing, skiing, surfing or sky-diving.

“I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me!”
1Corinthians 9:26 ~ The Message Bible

5. Creative Problem Solving

Don’t wallow in self-pity. As soon as you face a challenge get busy finding a solution. Don’t let the setbacks affect your mood; instead see each new obstacle you face as an opportunity to make a positive change. Learn to trust your gut instincts – it’s almost always right.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His Purpose for them.” 
Romans 8:28 – New Living Translation

6. Do What They Love

Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! No wonder there’s so many unhappy people running around. We spend a great deal of our life working. Choose a career that you enjoy – the extra money of a job you detest isn’t worth it. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and pursue special interests.

“Do you want to be truly rich? You already are if you are happy and good. After all, we didn’t bring any money with us when we came into the world, and we can’t carry away a single penny when we die. So we should be well satisfied without money if we have enough food and clothing. But people who long to be rich soon begin to do all kinds of wrong things to get money, things that hurt them and make them evil-minded and finally send them to hell itself. 

For the love of money is the first step toward all kinds of sin. Some people have even turned away from God because of their love for it, and as a result have pierced themselves with many sorrows.
1Timothy 6:6-10 ~ Children’s Living Bible

Many thanks to my Sister Beloved, Dr. Michelle McCollin for the idea and much of the above content. 

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