This month’s article is a continuation of my article from March titled 5 Ways to Be Happy. God loves us immensely and desires for us to be happy. At times life may not feel this way, but it truly is what God desires for us, His children. We are going to look at five more times where God shows us that we are His, which will allow you to be happy no matter what is taking place in your life.

6. God Based-Reliance
Feeling secure that you can count on God to help you accomplish what you set out to accomplish creates happiness. “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:3)

7. Community
Having the support of a wider group makes you more aware that you’re part of something greater than yourself. Together Everyone Accomplishes More (TEAM). “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1)

8. Gratitude
Rather than focusing on what you don’t have or what’s out of reach, be thankful for the wonderful things already in your life. Count your blessings and I am sure they will outweigh the negatives. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.” (Psalm 100:4)

9. Laughter
It is impossible to laugh and be miserable at the same time. Regular doses of laughter are more than medicine… they are the flavor of a happy life. Smiling is contagious! “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22)

10. Love
Plain and simple – just love those around you, even when it is difficult love those who are around you. When God said to love your neighbor, He never said just who your neighbor was going to be, just that you needed to love them. “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” (Psalm 103:8)

God Bless You,
Pastor Jason Phillips
Royal Palm Christian Counseling