How to Be Happy (Psalm 146:5)


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Everyone wants to be happy. But many fail in their quest to find that elusive prize because they are looking in the wrong places.

Proverbs 16:20 tells us, “Whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.” And Psalm 146:5 indicates that happiness comes to those who find their help and hope in God.

The foundation for happiness is a proper relationship with the Lord. But to fully experience that happiness, we must build on that foundation in practical ways.

Ten Rules for Happier Living:

  1. Give something away (no strings attached).
  2. Do a kindness (and forget it).
  3. Give thanks always (a thousand times a day is not enough).
  4. Work with vim and vigor.
  5. Visit the elderly and learn from their experience (experience is priceless).
  6. Look intently into the face of a baby and marvel.
  7. Laugh often – it’s life lubricant.
  8. Pray to know God’s way (or you’ll lose the way).
  9. Plan as though you will live forever- you will.
  10. Live as though today is your last day on earth.

These are excellent ideas for living a happy life. Undergird each of these rules with praise, and your happiness will be complete. “Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the Lord” (Psalm 146:1-2). – Richard W. De Haan

Happiness is to know the Savior,

Living a life within His favor,

Having a change in my behavior,

Happiness is the Lord. – Stanphill

One of the ways to have happiness,

One of the ways to live it.

All day long and every day,

Is to try each hour to give it. – Anon

Trusting and obeying the Lord brings true happiness.

  • January 11, Vol. 14/December 28, 1991, Our Daily Bread

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