I don’t mean that you’re going to feel on top of the world all the time. That’s not realistic. I’m talking about being content. In fact, one definition of joy is “calm delight”. That means you are at peace, you have a smile on your face. You are excited about your future. Sure, you may have some problems, we all have obstacles to overcome. But, we know God is in control and he has us in the palm of his hand to help and care for us.
The key is to retrain our mind to move away from negative conditioned responses. I know some people who actually get depressed every Monday morning. They don’t like their jobs, they dread going to work, and every week they develop a bad case of the Monday Morning Blues. Oddly enough, researchers report that we are 70% more likely to have a heart attack on a Monday morning than any other time of the week because people are more uptight and stressed out on Monday than on any other day. Learn to be content with your life. This doesn’t happen automatically. You have to train your mind to stay at peace. Train your mind to look on the bright side and focus on the good.
Happiness is not going to fall on us. It’s a choice we have to make. Being positive doesn’t necessarily come naturally. We have to make that decision daily. If our mind is left alone it will drift to the negative. Little by little we will grow more sullen, we don’t smile as much. Soon, we’re not as much fun to be around. We start to find fault and get very critical with everything. Make the decision TODAY that you are going to live your life happy.