When I went through really hard times in my life, the word ‘Joy’ or ‘Happiness’ was not a word I could speak.
I would desperately turn to the pages in the Bible pouring over ANY sort of encouragement to lift my spirits.
It’s amazing, then, to know that the most positive book in the Bible was written by a prisoner in a Roman jail, waiting for his execution during one of the darkest times of his life. He didn’t just write a book about finding joy in adversity, he lived it.
Joy is fundamental to human survival. And people are recognizing this. Especially living in an age with the highest suicide and depression rates. Companies are starting to hire ‘joy consultants’ to build their employees up so they can be more productive.
Research has been done on happiness and they found that it is about as contagious as sexually transmitted diseases.
JOY is a choice. It’s that fight you need to make, for yourself.
Push your hair out of your eyes, push your back from the wall and giggle to yourself.
Smile. Laugh. Stop getting angry. Because until they can prove the existence of reincarnation, this life is all that you have and know. And it’s too da*n short to waste crying in a curled ball.
Here are my remedies:
1) Read the book of Philippians
2) Watch an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
3) Talk to
your best friend. Unless she’s emo too then find someone else a happy person.
4) Dress up. Go out. Do something you love.
5) Look at pictures of cute puppies.
It’s easier said than done. Sometimes getting out seems impossible.
You are not alone. It gets better =) If it hasn’t, then it’s not the end yet.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.
Inspired by Rick Warren
On a side note: I have new found respect for Angelina Jolie. *salute*
Thinking of: Amazing mothers, my mother and how she did it, I’ll never know.