Genuine happiness is put on. I didn’t know. I thought when others spoke of deciding to be cheerful that they were already coming from a baseline of a certain level of contentedness. Well, they were, I suppose, but I didn’t know that it could be the same for others who have a baseline of chronic daily unhappiness.
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalms. 118:24) The Bible said it plain. I thought it meant that this is something to strain for, that with our faces toward God we will slowly be able to become happier and happier until one day we can say this to ourselves and feel uplifted by it. Now I see that one just decides to be happy. That’s all there is to it. It begins the day the person decides this.
Maybe I couldn’t hear it before. Yes, I don’t think I would have heard it before. But for some reason, on my 50th birthday, I decided to be happy on that day, and a light went on. I can decide to be happy everyday. For no reason. For no explanation that I have justify. I just find things that make me happy, and for me that’s things like singing or playing certain songs, creating something, working towards a small home improvement project, walking, etc., and just do them intentionally to bring up the ‘sunshine’ level in my mind and soul. I think of them as raising the energy that we all have in our bodies to a higher frequency.
For the first day I felt better, though I felt I had to ignore a lot of low feelings and worry thoughts. Then it got easier, day after day. I can seriously say that after only 20 days there has been an incredible difference. And it was effortless! In fact, because I was intent on doing things that only made me happy, it was also enjoyable!
I got no less done in those days, in fact, I got a little more done than usual, even with the increased Fibromyalgia pain I’ve been having for the last several months. When I approached the day’s work with wishing to enjoy it and only doing as much as kept me in my energy/pain level and enjoyment level, the same amount or more got done and I was enjoying the process.
What a great revelation. I don’t know why it has taken me 50 years finally get this, to practice it. I will continue it, though, and learn how different circumstances, even negative ones, look through this new filter.
I feel like I have received a new lease on life. I’m only in the learning stage of this, but I am grateful to God to have even have had the increased peace I’ve felt for the last several days.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)