“If you’re going to rise, you might as well shine.” —unknown
Happiness Tip #10: Rise and Shine!
One of the best ways to find happiness is not to seek it, rather it’s to share it. Be thankful, be generous, be helpful, offer a word of encouragement to someone in need, rise and shine and share God’s love. Continue reading “Rise and Shine! [Happiness Tip 10]”
The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow.” – Robert Tew
Happiness tip #8: Keep your eyes on the road ahead
Keep your eyes on the road ahead. Stop looking back! Trust that your struggles (past or present) have purpose, and that they are developing in you great strength for tomorrow. So let go of past disappointments and hurts and look ahead to all the wondrous possibilities that lay in store. Though you cannot know what the future holds, you can trust the One who holds the future. Fear not. Whether God leads into a valley or a mountain top, He promises to be with us and to guide us. And the best part is that every trial we’ve faced has prepared us for what lies ahead. So keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and look ahead with joyful hope and confidence. Jesus is our faithful champion who initiates and perfects our faith as we walk with Him! Look ahead . . .
If you’re feeling sad, there’s probably one thing you’re looking for . . . RELIEF!In other words, you want to be happy again. What if I told you that snuggling has the potential to lift your spirit of heaviness?
During a difficult and busy season of my life, I found myself battling the blues. Day after day it lingered and I desperately wanted to find some relief. Then, late one evening, I was slumped in a chair, head down, with tears streaming down my face. My dog was right there at my feet and gently reached up to lick my tears. She then laid her head on my lap as if to say, “I’m here for you, wanna cuddle?” Of course I obliged and almost immediately felt relief from my sadness.
Happiness is found in many places, and for many people that place is in the company of their beloved dogs. Dogs always seem willing and ready to share their healing hugs, or to lend a listening ear.
Of course finding relief from sadness is not reserved only for our pets. Intimacy with others is one of the essential elements to make human beings happier, but we don’t often take enough time to sit and relax with those we love.
What if we took time to stop, sit, and snuggle more often? How would that affect our moods and outlook on life? Let’s consider how showing affection to our human companions (family and friends) and our pets can enhance our life.
When my heart grows faint, I often turn to the Psalms for inspiration. There I’m reminded that all throughout history people have suffered and grown weary. And they’ve turned to God for help.
Dear friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, walk in the way of love, no matter what the world throws at you. Hold tightly to God the Father’s hand, and follow close . . .
“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.”—Ephesians 5:1-2 MSG translation