All of us need to do a job on our thoughts. If the mind is filled with grudges, if it's bogged down with hate or selfishness or impurity or dishonesty, the clean light of joy cannot filter through. Fill your heart and mind instead with God's words, search for the good in those you meet, get rid of impurity and negativity. Ask forgiveness for your wrongs and replace them with the great truths of the Bible, the words of Jesus, and the great affirmations in the Psalms, Proverbs, and the Epistles. Simply accept God's gift of joy as you would accept a present from a friend. Take joy, believe joy, live joy, and you will become happy.
One thing you notice about happy people is this: it isn't how much they have or who they are that makes them joyful. What determines their happiness is the state of their mind. Remember, the greatest way to live that will produce the best possible state of mind is found in the following words from the writer James Barric, "Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves
1). Accept God's gift of joy by bringing happiness to others.
2). Your life serves a great purpose. Believe it and live with that purpose always in view.
3). Refuse to say anything that is mean, dishonest or depressing, no matter what thoughts enter your head.
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