Happiness

Painted Bunting

Despite any reliable evidence to it’s truth, Abraham Lincoln supposedly said “folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

I like this saying because it underscores a truth that I believe. The source of happiness is within. I would challenge anyone who said that someone else “can make them happy” as possibly being co-dependent – that’s granting another person too much power in your life. I would further stipulate that God “won’t make you happy” – because He loves us so much he gives us free will to seek Him or separate from Him.

Thus, to be happy, you have to decide to be.

Now, I’m not saying that other’s can’t do something that might temporarily hinder our happiness by distracting us, but they can’t “make us” happy. There are a lot of serpents in our lives, and we can’t put all our focus on them.

If you believe in God, then one thing I’ve found to enhance my happiness is gratitude. Positive thinking – looking on the bright side of things – helps too. Helping others (altruistic service) is another thing that benefits you more in the happiness department that the recipient.

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