Do you Inspire Happiness or Unhappiness

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Psalm 19:8 NIV

I met this wonderful Lady Pamela who is all about Happiness. She started her blog The Society of Happy people 20 yrs ago. Pamela is all about Finding your smile, your happiness. She even found a great way to celebrate the anniversary of the Society of Happy people. I love her idea, give people certificates that lets them know they started a smile. It Could be any one or some random person who gave you a smile or gave you something to smile about. I love the Idea because sometimes it is hard to see a reason to smile sometimes. 

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Abraham Lincoln

Power of a smile

In a post from psychology today they talked about the power of a smile. They had nine reasons why you should smile. 

  1. Smiling can make you look younger. 
  2. You can look thinner when smiling . 
  3. Smiling elevates your mood and creates a sense of well-being. 
  4. Smiling induces more pleasure in the brain more than chocolate.
  5. Even a forced smile can lead to a mood boost.
  6. Smiles can predict fulfillment in marriage.
  7. Smiling makes you seem courteous, likable, and competent.
  8. The span of a person’s smile can predict life span.
  9. Smiling is contagious.

Real Joy

For those of us who know the savior we should be the ones with a smile. There are 6 Bible results for “happiness.” 242 Bible results for “Joy.” The word Joy and Happiness almost seem interchangeable. However the words were described to me this way: Happiness is fleeting it last but a moment in time. That statement feels like it is a quote but when I searched for it, I did not find it as a quote. Joy on the other hand is the knowledge that you have already won. Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope in the knowledge of Christ. This makes more sense in respect to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. A short explanation found in  Ephesians 6 and 1 John 4:4. 

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 

Ephesians 6 (KJV)

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

1 John 4:4 (NIV)

The Song

One of my favorite songs as a child was “Happiness is”  it is a cute little diddy and I thought since we were talking about happiness I would share it with you.  If you have

Happiness is to know the Savior,
Living a life within His favor,
Having a change in my behavior,
Happiness is the Lord.
Happiness is a new creation,
Jesus and me in close relation,
Having a part in His salvation,
Happiness is the Lord.

Real joy is mine,
No matter if the teardrops start,
I’ve found a secret,
It’s Jesus in my heart.
Happiness is to be forgiven,
Living a life that’s worth the livin’,
Taking a try that leads to Heaven,
Happiness is the Lord.

Real joy is mine,
No matter if the teardrops start,
I’ve found a secret,
It’s Jesus in my heart,
Jesus in my heart.
Happiness is to be forgiven,
Living a life that’s worth the livin’,
Taking a trip that leads to Heaven,
Happiness is the Lord,
Happiness is the Lord,
Happiness is the Lord.

Happiness Is the Lord Lyrics

Laughing is Good For You

Laughing is good for you, I also found several articles on the health benefits of Laughing. Happiness is best seen when someone is Laughing. One of the articles I found was mental floss I shared some of what i learned from there article.

  1. Laughter reduces blood pressure
  2. Laughter can help in weight loss.
  3. Laughter decreases levels of stress hormones
  4. Laughter reduces negative emotions like anxiety and can act as an antidepressant  
  5. Laughter is a sign of good will towards others. 
  6. Laughter can be an immune booster 
  7. Laughter can lead to increased heart rate, respiratory rate, and oxygen consumption.
  8. Laughter promotes reduced artery inflammation and increased production of HDL, or “good” cholesterol
  9. Laughter is a distraction from pain

Final Thoughts

“Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy, or satisfied, or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations.”

Tom Brady

Happiness is contagious. You hear a person laugh and you laugh. I have no real point to this post another then to encourage you to spread happiness and a smile. Share a smile, they are free. Let someone know you noticed their smile. They just might need that kind of encouragement. And don’t embrace anger. Also while I am at it go visit The Society of Happy People and get your printable certificates so you can brighten someone’s day who brightened your day. Share a smile by letting them know you appreciate their smile. 

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”

Mark Twain

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