Don't Let Your Thoughts Control You.
It's true, we’re not going to have happy thoughts 100% of the time. Circumstances will alter and often we're faced with sad maybe even terrifying situations but we aren't necessarily required to have a sad or terrified response.
Because the word of God promises me ". . .that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28 KJV), I can ask God to help me see the benefit of having to go through whatever comes my way and have joy to know that it (no matter what it is) will be good for me.
Creating a routine of writing down three things we feel grateful for each day helps us focus more on what is going right in our life.
Budget your money for experiences with people you love as well as people who need your help because it’s experiences, not possessions, that create memories of what matters the most -- LOVE.
Laugh Out Loud!
Let funny things make you laugh - don't hold back. I'll never forget one day my granddaughter and I were talking and she said something so funny that I just let out a big 'ol belly laugh. She was stunned at first but decided to try it herself and soon we were both making such a noise laughing that we laughed about that too. It felt good and the Bible says it is good for our health. Laugh loud and often!
Proverbs 17:22 - A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Proverbs 15:15 - All the days of the afflicted [are] evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
Go Outside - Away From The City If Possible
Preeminent British zoologist and author Desmond Morris outlined the reasons why back in 1969 in his excellent book on the subject, The Human Zoo: A Zoologist's Study of the Urban Animal . In it, he discussed the trade-offs inherent in city versus rural life, and of the psychological and sometimes physical price paid for all those urban benefits. He pointed out that, in common with animals caged in a zoo, humans living in cities cope with their unnatural environments by adopting unnatural behaviors, and he also discussed what happens when those coping mechanisms fail, as they often do. There are other words for unnatural behaviors; insanity is one of them.
Feel the wind on your face, the sun on your skin, and enjoy the fresh air with a good dose of Vitamin D.
Exercises releases endorphins, natural pain-relieving and stress-busting chemicals.
Don't be so wrapped up in yourself - Remember J.O.Y.
Jesus First, Others Next, Yourself Last
Start each day thanking the Lord Jesus Christ, read the Bible and ask God to show you what he wants you to do today. God has a specific purpose for your life and only when we live it according to his plans can we be happy.
Spending time on activities that make a difference to others, such as your shut-in neighbors, church members, local nursing homes or hospitals and schools helps meet needs that otherwise might go unattended and gives us greater meaning and purpose in our lives. When we help others, we automatically feel better. And don't forget, we reap what we sow! Get busy planting a 'Life Garden' that will produce Joy, Love & Peace
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you find something helpful here. ~ Karen
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