Is there a measuring stick for happiness and whole well-being in our lives? Is it possible to be happy even when our circumstances are in a mess? There’s a fine line between being content in all circumstances and wanting to better your circumstances. “The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.” (Arthur Schopenhauer). That’s the key ingredient in this recipe for happiness.
Living in the Moment
If you want to live a long life, you need to actually be alive, right? So if you’re making choices in your life for temporary happiness which in turn comprises your health, then you’re creating a dangerous situation for your personal health and well-being. Living in the moment is great, but if you don’t take consequences for your actions into consideration before you act, then you’re only hurting yourself.
The Right Perspective
Having a perspective which joins both the live in the moment and the end game in sight, will help you navigate through life’s roller coaster ride. Not every moment is going to be roses. Not every moment is going to be down in the dumps. There will be varying times of moods in our lives, but we need to learn how to deal with the ups and downs. If we are easily brought down with depression, that is not healthy for our bodies. If we’re constantly forgetting about reality and living in a fairy tale land, that’s not emotionally healthy either. Finding the delicate balance is the key to total body health and wellness.
In this article: Happiness Linked to Longer Life— “a new study claims that being happy doesn’t just improve the quality of your life…it may also increase the quantity of your life as well.” Sounds like a no-brainer to me, but if they need to prove this principle through a study, let them. Furthermore, Proverbs 17:22 encourages that “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
In Phil. 4:11-13, Paul demonstrates the perspective to be content in all things—true, this is not easy; however, if we base our happiness and joy in our relationship with the Lord or with our faith and not on our circumstances, then our fulfillment will always be brimming with joy. This is a life lesson we all need to re-learn every day and that’s what’s so great about it—that with each new sunrise, comes a new chance to claim that happiness and joy that the Lord wants to bring into our lives.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Pandora's Box Gazette. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, app recommendations, and content for blogs.
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