If someone was asked to describe you in one word, what would it be? Would the word happy be on the list? I confess that if someone were to describe me, the word happy may not be in the top five adjectives. It is kind of sad because I do enjoy being happy and would like to be known as a happy person.
When I gave some thought about what would make me happy and analyzed the list, I was surprised to find it was filled with things I have no control over or material items that in the end don’t really matter. Do you ever say ‘if only this thing would happen, I would be happy’? Or if I only had that trinket, I’d be happy? If I got money for every time I thought that, I’d probably be a millionaire by now.
I’ve lived long enough to know that when you do get what you think will make you happy, you find that it doesn’t last. Sometimes there is something not so good connected to what you wished for that you hadn’t planned on, and it jaded your happiness.
It is sad, but most people base happiness on things that are beyond their control, such as, if I only won the lottery, I’d be happy. Or they base it on something concrete, such as, if I only had this job or that house or car, I’d be happy.
Happiness is a state of mind and should not have anything to do with external circumstances. It is a state of being what we define as joyful, cheery, blissful, or merry. Being a happy person has to do with what is going on inside us. It is a choice we make.
Just as we exercise our bodies to lose weight, we need to exorcise our minds to attain the state of being happy. We have to exorcise the negative thoughts and concentrate on the good. We need to exorcise wrong thinking, irrational thoughts, and quit making conditions for being happy.
Make the decision to be happy. Happiness does not come easily. We have to commit to it daily, hourly and minute by minute. Since happiness is so important to us, we should readily adjust our thinking to attain it.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. I can do all things through him who gives me strength.