Have you ever noticed that some people seem to be happy all the time?
Regardless of the outward circumstances, they have that happy, positive outlook.
Perhaps they are going through hard times and difficult situations, but their attitude is still full of faith.
They may be in the midst of people who are despondent over the same circumstances. But they stand out from the crowd because of their attitude.
And have you noticed that those people always seem to come out on top, regardless of what they have been through?
Others are drawn to their positive, happy approach to life.
They seem to have sudden successful outcomes right in the midst of turmoil.
What is their secret? Or secrets? How can they seem to be happy and positive while those around them are falling apart?
If you look closely, you will see some habits and attitudes which are noteworthy. Positive habits and attitudes which keep them on top when others seem to be sinking.
I’ve noticed 7 habits which seem to cause these to rise above the crowd.
And these are habits which any of us can cultivate if we put forth the effort.
So, let’s take a look.
Proverbs 23:7a – “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
This first scripture in Proverbs is definitely foundational. As we go through the 7 habits, we will see that every one of them starts in the thought life.
Your mind is where the battle is. Every minute of every day, your mind is being bombarded with thoughts, and most of them negative.
You have probably noticed that news media outlets dwell on the negative. It’s as if they survey the world to find the most outrageous evil to report.
Then, as we are going about our day, thoughts of problems – or possible problems – with children flood our minds. Or problems with our spouses. Or with our finances. Or with our health. Or even problems with what someone said about us. Or if someone looked at us “the wrong way.”
It’s important to realize that the default is negative.
If we don’t take any initiative, it will be easy for us to be sad, worried, or fearful most of the time.
Yet there is a flip side to this. A positive one!
Our minds are indeed the battlefield. That means that there is a fight we can fight to overcome these negative influences.
We don’t have to give in. We can take charge of our minds and allow God’s purposes to fill our thoughts.
My mind is where the victory is when I am determined to be an overcomer.
The same goes for you.
You can make up your mind that you are not going to allow negative, evil thoughts to rule your life. You aren’t going to worry, or be fearful, or sad about your life.
You are going to love God, your neighbor, – and yourself!
Life with God is very good. You have Him as your advocate. He’s always working behind the scenes on your behalf. He’s always giving you guidance – if you listen.
And most importantly, His peace which doesn’t even make sense to others, can be with you when you are trusting in Him.
Philippians 4:6 – “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
During the few blog posts, we are going to be looking into these 7 Habits of Happiness. We’ll delve into scripture in order to find just what we need to turn our lives from negative, down-trodden ones to happy, joyful examples of God’s goodness.
The guidance is there. Given to us by God.
I’ll be posting a series of blogs on the Habits of Happiness. You are invited to join me for a change of mindset – and a brighter future.
Do you want to dive deeper into your mindset? I would love to guide you toward happier, more positive, and clear thoughts. Get in touch with me HERE!