Today I’m linking up with some wonderful bloggers at FiveMinuteFriday, writing on the prompt, “happy”.
It’s a simple word, but why is it often so difficult to attain in our daily life?
As a somewhat serious person and a Christian, the obvious way to discuss happiness is to contrast this emotion with the deep, everlasting joy that can be ours no matter what the circumstances. I would also mention that if you are not able to feel much happiness, please take care of yourself until you can, and/or get the appropriate help as needed.
But besides all that serious stuff, sometimes I feel like it’s good and healthy, and helpful to just do something everyday that makes you feel happy.
No, our true happiness isn’t based on emotion, but we are real, flesh and bone people with real, sometimes raw emotions. It’s a good practice to care for our body, mind and soul, as well as our spirit. And it’s OK to “help” our emotions along in a practical way.
So here are some things that “help” my emotions to feel happy:
- a nice, hot cup of good coffee
- some slow, quiet time to myself
- ice-cream (yes; I even scare my husband with how much this helps me)
- some “girlfriend” time
- spending time in nature, God’s wonderful creation
- doing something creative
- getting some rest and/or a good sleep
- reading a good book
- watching a good movie or favorite TV show
- petting one (or both) of my cats
- doing some exercise that I love
- looking at and enjoying photos, the memories of my life
- wearing something that makes me smile
- watching “my” humingbirds
- doing something with my family
These are just a sample of things I do that make me feel happy. And when we feel happy, it helps us to move in a positive direction and do the more important things in our lives.
My Bible verse-of-the-day today is this:
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”
– Ephesians 5:1-2, NLT
I believe that one way we can “imitate God” and “live a life of love” as Jesus did, is to just be happy.
It’s a decision, and one that some of us need to be more purposeful about.
Here’a to a happy day!
Some things to think about (and comment, if you please):
What do you do to help you to feel happy? Do you notice that if you make yourself feel happy, you are more able to cope and do the things you know you should do? If you’re a Christ-follower, do you think that Jesus had a mostly “happy” demeanor?