My experience is that Christians talk more about joy than happiness, saying that happiness is circumstantial and joy comes from within.
I won’t argue with that, but my concern is that many Christians share neither joy nor happiness. Too many people around the world define Christians as negative, rule-spouting, judgmental hypocrites. Ouch! It’s one of the reasons I rarely refer to myself as a Christian (too many negative presuppositions). I prefer to call myself a “follower of Jesus.”
As I study Jesus life in the Bible, He was none of the things people assume about Christians today. Please understand, I’m not saying the negative assumptions are correct . . . I’m just saying they are.
Maybe it’s time for us to make it a goal to personally change our attitudes and start oozing happiness and joy.
Today is the International Day of Happiness – the perfect day to learn the things that make us happy and ways to make others happy. Research shows that all the things we thought would make us happy . . . like: money, power, fame, a big house, a fancy car, or exotic trips fall short. Lasting happiness does not come from what we have, but from a general sense of well-being and satisfaction.
I started working toward the goal of getting happier by “Getting My Happiness Plan” at Happiness International. The test took about 20 minutes, and at the end I received my “Happiness Index Scores” and a personalized Happiness Plan.
5 Sites to Make You Happy
THE UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS
The Day of Happiness campaign is a global celebration to mark the UN International Day of Happiness. It is coordinated by Action for Happiness, a non-profit movement of people from over 140 countries and supported by a partnership of like-minded organizations. To join in the celebration – I’d like to share my five favorite sites that inspire happiness:
1. Live Happy –
“Live Happy is a company dedicated to promoting and sharing authentic happiness through education, integrity, gratitude and community awareness.”
A few years ago, I participated in Woman’s Day promotion of Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project. Visit Gretchen’s website where she “writes about her adventures as she test-drives the studies and theories about how to be happier.”
3. Gives Me Hope –
This site invites everyone to share stories of hope and random acts of kindness as doses of encouragement. People taking care of people inspiring happiness.
“Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. We’re bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone.”
Head over to take the Action for Happiness Pledge.
5. Design Happy Blog –
Being happy at home has a huge influence on our overall happiness. HomeGoods Design Happy Blog is a fantastic source for creative tips and ideas for making your home a perfect place to celebrate with family and friends.
I’ve be blessed to be one of the Design Happy bloggers for seven years. Go over for a visit and find some HG Happy.
Now it’s up to you. No excuses.
We have no right to complain about grumpy people if we spread negativity ourselves. It’s time to get happy and share happiness.
Get involved – share your photos of ways you are reclaiming happiness and use the hashtag – #happinessday.
Let’s talk: What makes you happy? How will you share happiness today? What do you need to change to enjoy more happiness? Are you a happy follower of Jesus?