Focus on the positive. To be happy in the long run, you need to transform your brain from a negative to a positive mindset. Try these things out: spend a minute or two looking for positive aspects in your life. Do this […]
- Focus on the positive.
To be happy in the long run, you need to transform your brain from a negative to a positive mindset. Try these things out: spend a minute or two looking for positive aspects in your life. Do this three times a day for 45 days, and your brain will automatically start doing it for 45 days.
Choose a positive mantra for the day – something you will repeat, like “Today is beautiful” or “I am grateful for everything I have”. And when things go south, take a moment to see it from a positive light. Never underestimate the importance of recognizing the silver streaks in life.
- Celebrate small victories.
Life is full of ups and downs, but in between there are many small victories that go unnoticed. Take a moment to celebrate these small victories.
Have you ticked all the things on your to-do list that you are hesitant to answer? Yay! Have you finally deleted a thousand emails that filled your inbox? Woohoo! Look forward to these little achievements. They add up!
- Find your work-life balance.
The work takes a lot of time but should not be the only thing we do. It is important to pursue activities and interests that go beyond our work. Do you have a hobby? Do you spend time with friends and loved ones? Do you get movement? Creating balance in your life reduces stress and gives you other ways to express yourself and have fun.
- Practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness mediation brings your awareness and attention to the present moment. It’s about not judging and accepting how you feel. Practicing mindfulness means being present, aware and curious. Accepting what we are going through reduces stress and helps us see situations as they are. Mindfulness allows us to find peace and affirmation within ourselves.
- Be creative.
You may think of artists as moody and depressed, but studies show that you are happier if you are regularly creative. Those who spend time using their imagination and being creative are more enthusiastic and more likely to feel happy and happy in the long term. Such creative activities may include writing, painting, drawing and musical performances.
- Accept imperfection.
Many of us strive for perfection – we want to push ourselves to do our best. But to be really happy, you have to accept the imperfection that is part of life. Perfection is impossible, and there is no point in keeping us and others up to these standards. We will always feel disappointed. Accept that life is imperfect and realize that there is beauty and grace in this imperfection.
Do what you love.
It’s pretty hard to stay happy if you hate your job. Do not waste the best years of your life with a joyless job, even if you pay the bills. What are you interested in? What are you really excited about? Concentrate on building a career in an area that motivates and gives you a high level of satisfaction, and your happiness factor will increase exponentially.
- Use with care.
It’s tempting to think that the more money you have, the happier you are. In fact, spend your money making you feel happier. The key is to do it wisely. Spending money on experiences – travel, food, concerts, etc. – can make us happier because we share those experiences with others. The happiness associated with material possessions is dwindling, but experience helps us to define our purpose and our passions in life.
- Live in the moment.
Our thoughts and feelings often revolve around the past or the future. Reality is what you experience in this moment; what you are going through right now. Sometimes we want to escape this reality. But if we stay in the present, we are fully occupied with our lives. Strive to live in the moment, and you will begin to have a deeper appreciation for your life.
- Maintain gratitude.
Find ways to cultivate daily gratitude. If you are thankful and thankful for everything you have, you will become happier and happier. Gratitude is a grateful appreciation for what you have received in life. These gifts can be material or immaterial. If you spend time each day acknowledging all that is good in life, you will find that there is more goodness than you realize, and you will find that sadness, anxiety, and depression
I sat in a bar in an evangelistic question and answer panel. It was Cambridge University in the mid-nineties. Suddenly the audience rushed forward, reaching for the microphone in front of me, turning it over and shouting, “You believe in a god, […]
I sat in a bar in an evangelistic question and answer panel. It was Cambridge University in the mid-nineties. Suddenly the audience rushed forward, reaching for the microphone in front of me, turning it over and shouting, “You believe in a god, right?” I just said something, I just yelled back over the noise of the general amusement: “Right!” “That means you think all the other gods are wrong, right?” I would like to have answered with considerable theological subtlety. But given the circumstances, it seemed necessary. So I just said, “Right!” With a horrified expression, my interlocutor replied, “How can you be so arrogant?”
Forced by the love of God, the glory of the grace of Christ was made known. But for this person – and for many others today – consider the claim to exclusive devotion to the biblical God as arrogant, if not downright dangerous.
How can we live a god-centered life in this day and age? Harvard professor as intellectually credible. You could answer that question in a way that is understandable to a child, and in a way that makes a Harvard professor seem intellectually credible.
Here are five ways to lead a God-centered life, not because it’s best, but because, after Cambridge, Yale, and Wheaton, I’m the most critical of today’s 18-to-30-year-olds.
Immerse yourself in the All-sufficient Wonder of the God who is.
Gotthasser spits out his self-referential criticism with God-given intelligence – but in the God who finds himself in Scripture, in conscience, in creation, and in the fictionalized God of the blogosphere or the caricatured God, of whatever, ultimately, in Christ. Let this beautiful, brilliant, almighty, transcendent, immanent, wondrous God, occupy the religious compromise of the temple and the hypocrisy of the Pharisee, speak the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount, and dispel the pagan idols of the fascination of our culture. To make gods out of our own imagination. And let him impress you.
Get involved in a church that teaches the Bible.
Only a few habits are safe for long-term mental health as your voluntary, enthusiastic and unrestricted collaboration with the local church of God.
Why go to church at all? Because the church is the bride of Christ, and if you love Him, you will love her. I know that she is perfect, but despite her imperfections, the church is God’s means to change the world. Your local church is an outpost of the heavens – a message of the kingdom in a world of love, grace, compassion and truth.
Forgive, fear, fight.
I easily lose insights when I receive them and summarize what I have learned in memorable form.
Forgive others, fear God, that was the good fight of faith.
It is too easy, resentment against those who cheated, hurt, abandoned or abused you. But such a grudge does not do you any good. It is only consumed with anger or depression and sometimes years of success energy in the inner life of your mind. The path to forgiveness is to think about what you have been forgiven. Once you realize that you deserve hell, apart from Christ, any act against you may be forgivable. This forgiveness will then better orient you than withdraw you from others. And when you are in fear, you will find the wisdom from above that does not please people but pleases God. Only this perspective wants to give you ballast to fight the good fight of faith.
Follow the unfashionable virtues.
At any age, some biblical virtues are easier than others. It is unlikely that you will be ostracized today for love and tolerance. But if you talk about submission and humility, your approval rating may vary. Well, this does not mean that you can do any of the works without translating the work of translation of its meaning into the vernacular of our time. It means that you want to do it yourself and then discover it.
The scandal of submission is that it’s a dirty word, if it’s really a liberating word. Have you ever discovered the glorious freedom of giving someone proper authority over you? Have you ever discovered the glorious joy of admitting that you do not know the answer and are humble enough to be wrong?
Use your mind.