TOPIC: HAPPINESS; A SECRET TO GOOD HEALTH
This month we have been looking at total health and we have come to understand that for us to remain in good health we have a role to play. This implies cultivating a lifestyle that will maintain, restore and promote our health. We need to understand that we are spirits living in a physical body. Our bodies are important because without them, God’s purpose for us on this earth cannot be completed.
Today we are discussing happiness and how it promotes good health. Happiness is an emotion experienced in a state of well-being. It’s amazing how much unhappiness can harm you. It is your right to be happy. Don’t let anyone take away your happiness from you. It is your God given right. Separate yourself from any situation that takes away your happiness. We must do everything possible to live a happy life. Without happiness you cannot discover who you are and live the life you were ordained to live. Without happiness you cannot walk in your God given purpose. Don’t give anything the opportunity to take away your happiness. It is with happiness that you can achieve greatness and inherit the provisionof God concerning you on this earth.
Unhappiness is blinding. It blinds you from seeing the truth. It breaks your spirit and dries up your bones. Happiness is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing (Proverbs 17:22). A happy person is a very immune person. A happy person is able to withstand adversity no matter what may come. A happy heart produces healing. A happy person is always rejuvenated and young. The best therapy you can practice for good health is laughing and smiling. Laughter and happiness barricades you from physical and emotional infections. A glad heart makes your countenance cheerful but the sorrow of the heart breaks the spirit (Proverbs 15:21). A joyful spirit repels diseases and ailments.
There are many today who are depressed because of anxiety. In Proverbs 12:25, the bible warns us against anxiety or heaviness of heart. “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad”. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you. Encouragement uplifts the heart. It gives you an emotional boost to help you conquer and deal with every distressing situation in your lives. Encouragement raises your spirit and keeps you energized.
True happiness comes from the Holy Spirit. True happiness and Joy don’t come from material things and possessions. Any happiness gotten from material assets is very temporary. True joy and happiness comes from knowing God and by being filled with His Holy Spirit. Wealth is fleeting; don’t base your happiness on fleeting things. Let your joy be founded on God because He is limitless.
Shallow happiness that comes as a result of material possessions cannot bring healing. True happiness and Joy that comes from within, from the spirit of God within you, this is the one that brings healing. Many of us are so broken when we lose physical things; you should only be broken when you are separated you from your God. As long as you have God, you have everything else. God is the only guarantee you can have in life. Wealth doesn’t guarantee happiness or joy. Some of the wealthiest people in the world today are some of the saddest people too. If money brings joy, how come all these wealthy people are committing suicides?
There is a void in your life that even physical things cannot fill. It is only the Spirit of God that can fill that void in you. Make God your trust. When money comes, don’t let it determine whether you should be happy or sorrowful. Money cannot satisfy you. The bible says Hell and destruction are never full and so also, the eyes of man are never satisfied (Proverbs 27:20). There is nothing you have that will satisfy your needs. So be careful. Keep your heart merry and cheerful and guard your heart with all vigilance always for out of it flows the issues of life (Proverbs 4:21).
IMPORTANCE OF HAPPINESS
- Happiness improves your health
- It makes your heart content
- It helps you to stay focused
- It helps you to handle stressful situations and trials better
- Happiness helps you have a better relationship with other people
FORGIVENESS: A KEY TO HAPPINESS
In order to live in a constant state of happiness we must learn how to forgive. Forgiveness sets you free; it makes your heart light and merry. Un-forgiveness robs you of your happiness and makes your spirit and body sick. People will surely hurt you in life. If you decide to follow others, you will not be happy. Men will surely disappoint you; even your pastor can disappoint you so if you make them your source of happiness you will always be unhappy. Col 3:13 says: Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. (AMP)
We must be willing to forgive at all times no matter the gravity of the offense. We must forgive because God instructed us to. When you live a life of obedience to God and his Word, you will always enjoy peace of mind and good health. Make God you source of happiness. You can count on the fact that God will never disappoint you. He will never change and His promises will never fail.
Lois Smerdes said “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you”. Be willing to forgive for therein lies your happiness. When you don’t forgive, you will carry that burden with you, and this burden will weigh heavy on your heart and end up breaking your spirit. Learn to let go and forgive as many times as you are hurt or offended.
Scientific evidence suggests that positive emotions can help make life healthier and longer. If you want to prolong your life, live, love and laugh. Psychologists from Harvard medical school suggest that the following leads to happiness.
THINGS THAT CAN LEAD TO HAPPINESS
- Feel good: Seek pleasurable emotions, focus on things that bring you happiness
- Dogood: Anytime you do good, you feel good so don’t be tired of doing good.
- Engage fully: always engage in things that bring you happiness. Don’t only think about them, but also engage in them. Engage in activities that bring you happiness. Don’t allow people determine the activities you should engage in. Let your heart guide you, participate in whatever activitythat make you laugh and cheer you up. As long as it is not a sin, do whatever that makes you happy.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU ARE HAPPY
When you engage in things that make you happy,
- You lose awareness of time
- You lose yourself/and are completely at peace while doing those things
- You are active and passionate
- You work effortlessly
- You are not interrupted by challenges
I pray that the Holy Spirit will fill you with His Joy and strengthen every weakened heart in the name of Jesus Christ. I pray that you will find true happiness and that you will have a merry cheerful heart always.
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