Is there a formula for happiness? There are some traits happy people share, all things the Bible encourages in verse after verse. Looking to be happier in your life? You can find lots of inspiration by reading the Bible! Here are 5…
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
– Proverbs 17:22
Optimism is the spark that lights the flame of joy. Nothing can make us more miserable in life than being pessimistic, negative, or worrying all the time. Sometimes the thing crushing our spirit is us. But one can just as easily be optimistic. It’s a choice. No matter what happens in life, always look at the bright side.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,”
– James 1:2
The Bible is very helpful in this regard. Focus on a power higher than yourself – on God – on Jesus Christ.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Religious faith and hope are inseparably intertwined. We can’t see God or the future. But we put faith and hope in both. It is through faith that we wake up each day, ready to take on challenges and discover and experience new things.
A belief and faith in God reinforce hope. God promises us that we have a lot to be hopeful for. A future, eternal life that is free from pain, worry, sadness, and all the cares of this world. But at the same time, God encourages us to be hopeful about life in this world, too.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
–1 Thessalonians 5:18
Although some of us may be reticent to admit it, sometimes our unhappiness is a product of our own making. We set unrealistic expectations and feel disappointed when they are not met. However, this is easily reversed if we adopt an attitude of gratitude. We need to live in the moment and be extremely grateful for everything that we have.
It’s easy to sometimes overlook all the blessings we actually have. Don’t do that. In fact, some of the bumps in the road we experience in life are actually “blessings in disguise.” So be grateful for the challenges, too. Being thankful and appreciative, no matter what, at all times is a key ingredient of happiness.
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
– Psalm 118:24
“Let all that you do be done in love.”
– 1 Corinthians 16:14
Love is the well that holds the waters of happiness. It is hard to hold onto lasting happiness without love in your heart. It is the key ingredient.
“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
A Christian is driven by love for God and love for others. Happiness and goodness flow abundantly from a loving heart.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
– Galatians 5:22
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
– Philippians 2:4
Another key to happiness is finding fulfillment in helping others. We can find great happiness when we take the focus from our own worries and put it toward helping others achieve joy.
The Bible says:
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Selflessness is an advanced form of love. It’s putting others before yourself and being able to love without demands or conditions.
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment is. Christ replied:
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
– Matthew 22:36-40