If happiness were a tool in a carpenter’s toolbox, it would likely be a pair of needle-nose pliers. Many times these specialized pliers are the only tool needed for the mechanical fix. In life, our happiness pliers are often the tool we need.
WHY PRACTICE HAPPINESS
- Happiness is a specialized life skills tool.
- Happiness is a tool to solve life difficulties and challenges.
- Happiness is like high-priced Ray-Ban or Maui Jim sunglasses; it removes the glare of life and improves the real picture.
- Happiness is the growth product with consistent practice, just as biceps develop with dedicated weight training.
HOW TO PRACTICE HAPPINESS
- Act like you are happy–stand tall, walk with confidence, smile often.
- Speak happiness–words matter.
- Journal 5 happiness thoughts/events daily.
- Hang out with happy people, and disassociated with unhappy people.
- Grow spiritually–faith grows happiness.
- Go to church and connect with other genuinely happy people.
- Seek to make others happy–love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.
- Give more gifts and buy less for yourself.
- Establish 15 minutes of daily solitude–be still.
- Enjoy your Bible, and memorize meaningful passages.
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11)