Three Steps to the Happy Life: Why this Approach Does Not Work

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The happy life. What does this mean to me? Kristen Linker, a third year student at Redeemer University College. It begins with balance: trusting God, finding Joy, having harmonious relationships with the people in my life and doing the best I can with what I have at this stage in life. If I would have had to write this paper at the beginning of this semester, I would have had a completely different view on the happy life. However, through this course, I have learned what I think are the most important things to work towards. Lyubomirsky’s happiness activities have also given me some ideas about what I find to be imperative to living a life pleasing to God. Now, I will not be describing a three step program to achieve the happy life.…show more content…
Grow us in His grace. Change happens when there is pain. And, as I have learned in this course, people who suffer pain often have a more optimistic outlook on life and tend to be happier overall when they have dealt with the pain in a healthy way. Trusting God is the only way to achieve this. Trusting in His purpose and plans – not my own. What does the Bible Say about Happiness? 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (Holy Bible). These are not suggestions that are recommended for us to lead a Godly life. These are commands. We are expected to abide by them. It doesn’t say ‘be joyful only when things go your way’ or ‘only when you are not stressed.’ Always. This is essential. The magnitude of the word always astounds me. It is not temporary. It is continuous. Personal Experience and Happiness This group of words “be joyful always” and “give thanks in all circumstances” are hard for me sometimes. I like to be stubborn and think, ‘Oh, people in Bible times did not have to deal with the stress I have to deal with.’ When, honestly, they had their own battles to face. For me, I enjoyed the happiness activities most weeks. There were many that resonated with me: expressing gratitude, avoiding overthinking and social comparison, developing strategies for coping, learning to forgive, and savouring life’s joys. Those were my top five. How Have I Seen “The Happy Life”
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