This is my reflection from the post about 12 Things Happy People Do Differently 

                            Why We Should Be Happy and How To Do So, Simply

In order to become happier, people need to acknowledge that when they are personally appreciative of others and thankful about their everyday happenings, their happy meter will increase significantly. And there is noting negative about being happy in an evil world, which if you did not know, came from people who do not show thanks and content among other traits.

            As people live and experience wonderful moments as well as uncomfortably depressing situations, it is better to view each and every occasion as a blessing and not a challenge. That is not to mean that challenges do not exist in life for they certainly do.   When challenges are lived through, remember that hardships and pleasures are the necessary dichotomy that cannot be avoided throughout future days.

            Some people naturally critic themselves, other people, and general concepts. That is not beneficial though because the focus of time is deviated from the more useful ideas and motivations. It is much better to represent yourself among society as an equal and not visualize yourself on a hierarchy system where some people are better and some people are worse off than you. That way of thinking stimulates narcissistic behaviors and egocentric desires compared to helpful altruistic actions. When you catch yourself comparing yourself to other individuals in society, psychologically stop yourself and convert that mental energy to become a comparison of your current self to you past self. That is much more healthy. You are not acting like or even being a narcissist, but rather seeking improvement through self-examination.

            Beginning from the days of kindergarten and preschool, we as people were introduced with the concept of kindness. Yet today the local and world news is overflowing with contamination of evil and hurtful incidents where people shot their friend, people robbing banks, arson, and plenty of other intentionally destructive actions that fuel evil doing. Become a domino that topples over from kind behavior and the purpose who is directly effected will not be the only person effected after others witness that goodness committed. From one person to the next, good will continue.

            Very similar to the generic introvert, closely bonded relationships will allow happiness to thrive continuously and on a side note, studies show that people’s mortality rates are doubled when isolation is dominant in one’s life. That being mentioned, make efforts to communicate with other humans and seek deep relations beyond the simple, “Good morning, (insert name here)”. Those snippets of conversation are rather meaningless and do not create lasting and reliable friendships. If you live day to day with that routine, you are wasting God’s time. I am not intending to be harsh, authoritative, or rude. I am just wanting you to be informed because the idle are scolded, according to 1st Thessalonians 5:14, and people who are scolded do not often favor that consequence. God did not create us to be hermits. He wants us to live peacefully as a single community and blossom with happiness and unity for him and his purpose to be in relationship with all as Jesus went about doing in his time before the Pharisees and haters opposed his existence. People need to become bonded through a common interest, that being Jesus and his father.

            In the event of conflict, do not fear because with every conflict there is a resolution and following that people gain the ability to cope and overcome in a healthy fashion. That is a vital step in not becoming depressed from attempting to deal with overwhelming issues that cannot always be handled head on and alone. Relying on others during the act of coping is also useful.

            Please take a moment to imagine an average, non-industrial deflated balloon. Those can only has room for a finite amount of air. Now imagine somebody has decided to ignore the fact that balloons do not have a strong rubber wall and continuously increases the amount of air being pushed into the limited volume. At the point of maximum volume that balloon will explode, whether you like that or not. If could have the ability to transfer that analogy to the human mind, you may understand that a person’s limit of keeping emotions, good and bad, does have a ceiling to which emotions are not able to be contained and those emotions may incidentally spill over to individuals who care about the person containing the emotions. When that happens, people are in at a moment of social interaction where relationships may become weakened. That concern of may be eliminated in the future when people communicate internal thoughts and in the process offer forgiveness of hasty mistakes and useless habits. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. By that, Mahatma Gandhi probably meant that keeping moments internally contained when weakness and words of forgiveness should be brought to the surface is a act of true strength. That is pure speculation on my part.

            There are moments when people are able to funnel their undivided attention to a specific task and not become otherwise focused elsewhere. That will often take extreme will power to accomplish but humans are clearly capable of doing so. We just need to have self-control and reliance on the powers God gave us. Discovering those abilities will not happen in the hearts of the weak spirited but rather the people whose spirit is deeply connected with their Heavenly father. Naturally, for that to be possible, one needs to believe in a god or other higher deity. Which in of itself may be complicated because numerous people do not witness on a personal level God’s presence and love. His love is what literally what keeps the world alive.

            I recently watched Zombieland and despite the non-biblical language mixed in with sexual innuendos, there were life lessons that most people can apply to their lives. As the two protagonists, Tallahassee and Columbus traveled the states and killed zombies; they continually mentioned that life was about enjoying small bits of happiness. The little things collect, as do the raindrops in a gutter during a Tennessee thunderstorm in March. When you come across the little things in life, please pay attention to what happens and do not dismiss those events.

            A common practice to ensure that personal achievements are not swept under the rug is to have a to do list of what you want completed. Simply using a short hand notebook helps keep up with your valuable intentions. Repeating the act of jotting down thoughts leads to inspiring goals that then will become difficult to not accomplish because of the prior decision to stay committed. It is not healthy to become guilty when you have a mistake and do not perfectly meet your own standards. Instead, recognize that there will be another moment to pursuer that goal in your future. Stay dedicated to your cause, constantly.

            Spiritual growth is argued to be the most beneficial force in human life because it can give us great purpose and reason for being alive. There are creative ways to grow for God. Among those methods is the obvious prayer to live a better life, group devotionals, and fasting from something you do not have to have to continue living. That may be food, water, clothes, and other mundane possessions. There are more advanced paths in the process of becoming spiritually one with God. People devote time to live isolated from every person in effort to grow closer to Jesus and his Father. In addition, there are unique prayers that help live spiritually healthy, such as breath prayers. This form of prayer allows individuals to repeatedly pray a scripture that they may have memorized which effects their prayer life and clears the mind to better focus on Jesus, our savior. Acknowledging he is our creator and savior opens doors to meet full potential and accept our calling that God already believes we will accomplish. It is what he wants us to do.

            In the words of Dr. Lavender, if you do not take care of your physical self; you will also not take care of your mental and spiritual self. The triangle of body, mind, and soul should not be ignored. If one disregards the necessary upkeep of their spiritual, physical, and emotional being then God’s purpose is not being tended, as it should. Jesus instructed us to not neglect caring for the sheep of this world, but first we must take care of the shepard of the sheep. The idea that persistent physical exercise reduces depressive traits has been tested and shown that increase of happiness and therefore decrease of depression does result from maintaining a good physical workout agenda and not straying from it. That does not mean become a gym junkie but rather keep your body moving and limit the overall amount of electronic entertainment that happens. Habitual goodness is much more lively than having habits of bad activities. Strive to keep life simple for God.