Friday, December 21, 2012

Being Happy

Do you ever find yourself feeling down or depressed during the happiest time of the year?

How Can We Feel the Happiness and Joy all year long?

  • Write down blessings

Elder Joe J. Christensen of the Seventy recommends that "If right now, or at any time in your life, you are feeling down, discouraged, depressed, for whatever reason...take a sheet of blank paper and write on it at random those things for which you are most grateful. Write whatever comes to your mind. 
Then after writing your list, on another sheet of paper put those blessings in order and priority.Doing this will remind you of how blessed you are  and give you a reason to smile.
  • Live in thanksgiving daily

Elder Joseph Wirthlin said, "If we only look around us, there are a thousand reasons for us not to be happy, and we sometimes blame our unhappiness on the things we lack in life.  It doesn't take any talent at all to find them.  The problem is, the more we focus on the things we don't have, the unhappier and more resentful we become.
You cannot predict a persons happiness by money, fame, or power.  Those who live in thanksgiving daily are usually among the world's happiest people.  And they make others happy as well."
  • Trust in God

Sister Colleen K. Menlove said, "The Story of our search for happiness is written in such a way that if we continue to trust in God and follow His commandments through the challenging times, even those times will bring us closer to the happiness we are seeking. 
 The Savior said, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

Happiness is...

  • Knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Knowing and feeling the pure love of Christ
  • Knowing that forgiveness for our sins and mistakes is possible and that through the Atonement of the Savior, hope and joy are possible
  • Living in thanksgiving daily for our blessings 
And if nothing else remember this...

There is a string connected from your heart to your mouth, when you smile your heart automatically  turns up and feels happier.  Try it!