Do You Really Want to be Happy?
An invalid man had been waiting thirty eight years to get into the healing pool at Bethesda. One day Jesus walked up to him and asked, “Do you want to be healed?” Instead of the man answering, “Yes” or “No,” he justified his position by stating that he had no one to help him get into the pool. If I asked you, “Do you really want to be happy?” how would you answer?
Would you answer, “Yes,” “No,”or “Yes, but…”? “Yes” is the optimum answer. The very few people who would answer, “No” are so deeply wounded that they view happiness as the enemy and use anger to shield themselves from it. If you answered, “Yes, but…,” like the man at the pool, you’re justifying your position by explaining how you don’t have anyone to make you happy. And, you might follow it up by lamenting how long you’ve been waiting to be happy.
Even people who answer, “Yes” to wanting to be happy may not achieve the happiness they want. That’s becuase most of us weren’t taught the truth about happiness and just followed the directions our parents gave us. We were conditioned to believe that other people are responsible for our happiness, we have to make other people happy, and our circumstances determine our happiness. These are not true.
If you really want to be happy, you must understand happiness and know the truth. Moreover, you must recognize your blessings and the needs that are essential for happiness. Learn the truth about happiness, find out how to recognize blessings, and see how to get what you need to be really happy!
What is Happiness?
I’ve talked with hundreds of people who say they want to be happy. But, they admit they don’t know what it really means. Many people believe happiness is just a good feeling. In truth, it’s a condition of mind, body, and soul. And, it’s the one condition we determine for ourselves. Therefore, we must know what creates, improves, and eliminates the condition of happiness. We must know all its elements.
Blessings – Elements for Happiness
Happiness is a state of mind and spirit that conditions your soul and influences your body. And like any condition, happiness is created from and comprised of many elements called blessings. The more elements you experience, the more intense your condition. In other words, the more blessings you experience, the happier you are.
Once you understand happiness you will recognize God’s blessings. Then, you can live in complete happiness. Or, like the Apostle Paul indicates, you can be happy despite your circumstances.
All content is based on a combination of Scripture, science, clinical cases, and personal stories. This multifacted approach gives you a deeper understanding of what it’s really like to be happy.
Posts and Post-ettes explain the many aspects of happiness. These comprehensive narratives explain the biological, emotional, intellectual, and social aspects of happiness. Even though they build on one another, they are independent sources for practical use.
Anecdotes are stories that show you how to maintain happiness even when it is under attack.
Essentials are thought-provoking behavior strategies. Use them for quicker results.
Post-ettes are abbreviated versions of the longer posts.
You decide how happy you want to be. And, you must determine what you need to be happy. Therefore, posts are categorized so you can read articles that relate to your particular situation.
What to Expect
Learn how achieve complete happiness, how to maintain your happiness when it’s attacked, and how to prevent others from stealing it. Expect to be happy and blessed!
Do You Really Want to be Happy?