I have come across a number of articles lately under the general theme of “How to be Happy.” One was in the negative talking about guaranteed ways that will make you unhappy. Another writer’s suggestions for a happy day included getting up really early, eating healthy and vigorous exercise. While they may be helpful to some, none of those three make my list. I’ve decided to call my list “How to Lighten Up.”
Decide to have a happy day. While not all days will be happy, choosing to be happy will make that day go better. Nothing can make you happy, unless to decide to be. People, possessions and even power will not make you happy. It is your decision how you will relate to others. “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Experience today more fully. Take a fifteen minute news break. Name five blessings that make you smile and quit complaining for a while. Turn down the volume in your head and open your eyes to the world around. Pray without asking. Give thanks with a grateful heart. Hide God’s Word in your heart.
Forgive and let it go. Grinding grudges wear us down. Endlessly replaying our hurts and betrayals chain us to the past where there are no do-overs. New beginnings only start in the present. Forgive as Christ forgives you. But if you are still worried about an injustice, leave it to God to make it right. Trust the Lord.
Experience daily Divine encounters. Be observant. Watch for places where God is at work in the ordinary. Notice the people who cross your path. Talk with them of the Good News of Christ’s love and grace. Draw closer to God
Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Be happy. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.