I think it’s safe to assume that all human beings want to be happy. In fact, we all want to experience a life filled with good fortune, satisfaction, and contentment. And although our lives won’t be perfect, they can certainly be fulfilling. Today, I want to share with you five keys to living a happy and fulfilling life.
Put God first! The Bible says it best in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” When we accept Jesus as our personal Savior and submit to doing life His way, there are three things we can expect God to do for us. We can expect Him to guide our daily decisions. We can rely upon His divine protection. And we can anticipate Him blessing our efforts. Putting God first and foremost in your life is the best thing we can do to ensure happiness.
Treat people right! Jesus gives us the Golden Rule in Luke 6:31 “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” By way of explanation, Jesus is telling us to treat people the way we want to be treated. We should always talk to others in a tone of voice and with a level of respect that we would want them to reciprocate to us. The Golden Rule also means extending to them the same level of grace and understanding that we would want in return. Treating people right is a valuable key to happiness in life.
Mind your own business! The Bible has the following to say about busybodies in 1 Timothy 5:13, “Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.” A busybody is a person who meddles or pries in the affairs of others without being asked or invited to do so. They provide what I refer to as, unsolicited interference. Always remember, unwelcomed interference causes conflict. So, if you want to truly live a happy and peaceful life, mind your own business!
Work hard for what you want! The Bible says it best in James 2:26, “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” That is to say, believing has to be accompanied with a strong work ethic. The road to success is paved with hard work and unyielding tenacity. If you want to be happy in life, you have to be willing to work hard for what you want.
Exercise and drink plenty of water! The Apostle Paul said it best in Ephesians 5:29, “After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church.” I am a firm believer that physical activity and good eating habits drastically improve our quality of life. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic style exercise or even brisk walking three to four times a week, as a good personal goal to set. Consistent exercise and healthy eating habits will increase your happiness in life.
No our lives won’t be perfect, but they can certainly be fulfilling. I encourage you to use these five steps as your building blocks to happiness. I leave you with the words found in Proverbs 3:4, “Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”
Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.