Happiness is a Choice – Yours!

happiness is a choiceResearch shows that those who know how to count their blessings lead much happier lives than those who don’t; and, it has nothing to do with their outward circumstances either!
Isn’t it interesting that research discovers what Scripture already has made known to us. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 states, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Observe the passage carefully, your happiness depends on it. Notice they’re all commands. God is asking you to do something you’re certainly capable of choosing. Also notice that none these choices are dependent upon your circumstances. No where does it say rejoice because life is good or give thanks because you’re riding a “happy wave.”
No, we can choose to count our blessings. We can choose to rejoice and be thankful no matter what are situations happen to be at the moment. Our happiness is totally in our hands; therefore, happiness is a choice if we so choose to count our blessings.
Over the course of the next few days, I’ll give you a few practical ways to count your blessings. You’ll experience the joy and peace that being thankful each day (not just on Turkey day either, for those living in the US) everywhere you go can bring as you choose to practice them.
Want the first practical step? Talk with Jesus throughout your day! Seriously, research “shows that prayer and acknowledging a higher power can dramatically boost our gratitude.” Isn’t it interesting that nestled between rejoice and be thankful is talking with God?
Actions and emotions start in your head, so where is your head at in any given moment will determine your happiness. Are you focusing on the problem or talking to the solution? Today, choose to do “give thanks to the LORD, for His love endures forever!” (2 Chron. 20:21b) Your God loves and wants to talk with you now and throughout eternity. That’s a blessing to be counted on every day no matter where you are.
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