Years ago I read an article on line called “Five Simple Rules to Be Happy” and decided to hang it in my cubicle wall because it was so good and practical. Here are simple principles:
1) Free Your Heart From Hatred
Hatred carries powerful emotions – it is a commitment much the same as love is, but it is the antithesis of love. Hatred and bitterness will keep you and the person on the other end of your feelings in an emotional jail. I have experienced that jail and it is not where anyone would want to live. What to do? Choose forgiveness and choose to love, which, according to the Bible, covers wrong doing and frees you from an emotional jail. Choose love!
2) Free Your Mind From Worries
Easier said than done, you might say. Economic and financial pressures don’t help at all. We worry about our jobs, our bills, the kids, and the list goes on. What good comes from worrying? I think it’s fair to say worry won’t reverse our concerns. In fact the proven adverse physical reactions that come from worry should concern us more: hypertension, depression and isolation just to name a few. How do we free our mind from worry? Realize that God has your life in His hands and don’t try to control your destiny by only trusting in yourself and your ability to fix things. Trust God instead! Jesus said, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Choose to trust God!
3) Live Simply
This principle does not only apply to the size of our homes, type of cars we drive or the quality of our clothes. Living simply, aside from the above, includes taking an inventory of our lives. For example, take time to care for yourself, make wise choices, live out your dreams when possible. In one sentence, simplify your life, it will be beneficial to you and those around you.
4) Give More
Giving or sharing our possessions, time and talents does not come naturally for everyone. We typically like to protect what we have and in the process forget there are many who have less and that what we have is not given to us for us alone to enjoy. God has not put us on earth just to fulfill our ambitions and desires. We must learn to be compassionate and sympathetic to the needs of others and we can become a blessing by looking for opportunities to be generous.
5) Expect Less
Can you remember the last time you were disappointed by someone because your expectations of them were not met? Was it yesterday, 6 hours ago, maybe 10 minutes ago. We are often disappointed when we think we should not be treated a certain way; after all we deserve better. It is a fact that we will live in constant disappointment if we expect too much from people because we place their opinions of us on a pedestal. This has been a tough area for me, but over time I am learning that trusting God is safer, so I expect less from people and choose to place more trust in God because he can deliver.
These are not magic formulas to happiness. Our lives are a journey, we are a work in progress.
I’m not going to give up and I hope you don’t either!
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.