I suggest the following ways of finding joy every day.
Don’t wait to be happy. Happiness doesn’t have to be something that happens to you, you can choose to be happy. Regardless of what is going on around you, if you can shift your focus and the way you think, your perspective changes. I find making that shift of focus and thinking difficult, sometimes impossible, but I having a faith helps. I find that being a Christian, it’s not simply dependent on me: I can trust God.
Make self-care part of your routine. Being able to take time-out for rest and recreation is something we all need, but it’s not always easy. When we do make time we are often thinking of those “important things” left undone. How can we catch up on our favourite TV Series, stress-free, when there are so many jobs left undone? You don’t want to be stressing about “stuff” whilst you are trying to chill-out. Making your main “me-time” a weekly rest-day is a good way to practice this. Another way is to section-off periods of time in your day when you will do no work or engage in a favourite R & R exercise.
Adopt a joyful state of mind. A joyful life is highly desirable. It’s the kind of life that produces positive vibes and feel-good energy. It helps us to look to the future with hope. Jesus offered a joy that appeared permanent (like a state of mind), when he said, “I have told you this (ie.to live in my love) so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete”. I like the sound of this kind of joy.
Stop the worry habit. Science and psychology tell us that brain chemistry alters emotions and that activation of these chemicals depends on our habits. This means changing our thought patterns; what you do, think and say everyday determines how happy you are. It is not dependent on what is happening around us, but on how our brain is working. Put another way, happiness is within you. The Bible says repeatedly not to worry. Instead it says, pray constantly, be habitually joyful and be thankful in all circumstances.
Appreciate the small things. We tend to take small things for granted, because we live in a culture that celebrates big achievements. My mother used to say, “Little things mean a lot”. I hated to admit it at the time, but I think she was right. Real life is happening all around us while we are waiting for the big thing we hope is going to give us that something extra. But often what matters most are the small things.
Surround yourself with positive people. Happinessisan individual choice, but every choice we make is influenced by the people in our lives. If we choose the right people to influence us we can dramatically increase our chances of satisfaction and success. I have a list of people who, at various stages of my life, have inspired, encouraged and challenged me. The progress I owe to them is immeasurable.
Laugh more. We are often so preoccupied with all of our adult responsibilities that we just don’t enjoy things as much as we did when we were children. Perhaps we should. Laughing is therapeutic. Even the Bible says that a joyful heart is good medicine.
Love more. One of the realities of life is to have someone who loves you and to return that love. But as we grow older we are pressed into the mould of paying attention to our health and education, getting a good job, having a family and a nice home, and preparing well for retirement. As adults, we smile nostalgically at the simpler times, because we know that life is more complicated than just loving and being loved. In reality, when the chips are down, most of us find that the ones we love are more important than anything else.
(I am grateful for the following article, “11-Simple ways to find joy in everyday life”, https://www.success.com/author/success-staff/)
|Being powerful is like being a lady, if you have to tell people you are, then you aren't.||Margaret Thatcher|
|The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but God will make us good because he loves us.||C S Lewis|
|Fear is misplaced faith.||Kris Vallotton|
|God has already seen every mistake, every failure and every weakness, and the good news is he's already forgiven you. He is not holding it against you.||Joel Osteen|
|God is not nearly so interested in changing your circumstances as he is in changing you.||Joyce Meyer|
|Pray, and let God worry||Martin Luther|
|Those who never change their mind never change anything.||Winston Churchill|
|What you do (for a living) is not who you are.||Celia Apeagyei-Collins|
|People who write you off when you fail know nothing about history and even less about life. No person ever fully succeeds until they fully fail.||Lance Wallnau|
|There is no uncreated being except God. God has no opposite. Satan, the leader or dictator of devils, is the opposite, not of God, but of Michael.||C S Lewis|
|He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.||Jim Elliot|
|You never know how much you really believe anything until it's truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life or death to you.||C S Lewis|
|If you know you are loved, faith is easy. It's easy to trust someone you know loves you.||David Forster|
|Every moment that you spend upset, despaired, anguished, angry, afraid or hurt, because of the behaviour of someone else in your life, is a moment in which you have given up control of your life.||Unknown|
|Remember, you do not have to live today by how you feel, nor by what you think about yourself, nor by what someone else thinks about you. The person who created you thinks you are wonderful, and he waits with open arms for you to agree with him.||David Forster|
|Shift gears from doing something in God's presence to simply being in God's presence.||Lance Wallnau|
|Your future doesn't depend on what is in front of you, it depends on who is in you.||Lance Wallnau|
|Did you know that you are utterly and completely loved by God, without doing a single thing, good or bad.||David Forster|
|no one knows how bad they are until they have tried very hard to be good..||C S Lewis|
|If we are living daily by faith, we will be constantly over our head; Beyond our ability to do this our that. We should all be in that place in some area of our life. If we are not, we will be like an old wineskin; too rigid and inflexible to receive the Lord's new wine.||Rick Joyner|
|For a believer intimacy with God is not an option, it's a necessity. Guidance and direction depend on this intimacy and sensitivity to Holy Spirit. There is no substitute for the latter.||Graham Cooke|
|Jesus reveals the Father to us. He gives us peace and rest. He is not a hard taskmaster.||David Forster|
|The God who creates everything, pursues you. Don't let anyone tell you you're are worth less than that.||Louie Giglio|
|In the kingdom, physical obedience brings spiritual release.||Bill Johnson|
|Don't be surprised if you pray for nearness to God and he sends a trial. Nearness always requires dependence.||Desiringgod.org|
|Our corporate worship doesn't meet a need in God, it meets a need in us.||Sam Storms|
|How you feel is not who you are. Feelings are great servants and terrible masters.||Kris Vallotton|
|There is a lot that is good in your life. Don't take it for granted. Don't get so focused on the struggle that you mis the gift of today.||Joel Osteen|
|The enemy commits identity theft when you believe you must earn what God freely gives.||Alison Brown|
|If you agree with your creator and receive what he freely gives, you will have serenity in your identity and confidence in your countenance.||David Forster|
|If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.||David Forster|
|A satisfying and exciting life organises around an identity focused on Jesus, not the church..||Graham Cooke|
|Satan cannot impose his will on anyone, he has to have our agreement.||Graham Cooke|
|Every day adjust yourself to where God is taking you, that is, toward the prophetic vision he has given you.||Lance Wallnau|
|Real faith is not faith in an outcome (of a particular situation or circumstance), it's faith in a person.||David Forster|
|Be in no doubt that God will redeem the losses and mistakes of your past life.||David Forster|
|God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from himself, because there is simply no such thing.||C S Lewis|
|Wealth, women and status; these are the major temptations that can draw a man away from God. Each is morally neutral; yet given the appropriate significance, each can control us.||David Forster|
|The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he doesn't exist.||Anon|
|Fear is the enemy of love. The two cannot exist together. We have to choose daily: Fear or Love.||David Forster|
|You are not saved because of the quality of your faith. You are saved because of the object of your faith; The Redeemer!||Tim Keller|
|Revival goes from the bottom up; Reformation goes from the top down. Therefore reformation is institutional and revival is personal.||Lance Wallnau|
|Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.||Albert Einstein|
|Inner peace is key to experiencing God's presence. Rest is a weapon against the enemy||Graham Cooke|
|Fairy tales don't tell children that dragons exist. Children know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.||G K Chesterton|
|When you are at peace with God, you will be at peace with yourself and with other people.||David Forster|
|You can believe in Christianity in the same way you believe that the sun has risen; Firstly, because you see it and secondly because by it you see everything else.||C S Lewis|
|A little while ago I became old enough to start believing in fairy tales again. This means there are far better things ahead of me then what I have left behind.||C S Lewis|
|Your unfinished destiny is your most potent argument with death.||Graham Cooke|
|I am not focused on what I am not, I am focused on what he is for me.||David Forster|