"Rejoice always, pray conintually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
Happiness is a choice and you are responsible for your own happiness. In every problem or situation, you have three options: 1) Accept the situation. 2) Change the situation. 3) Leave the situation. There are no alternatives, but please know if you say or do nothing, you are accepting your current situation, whatever that may be.
When you enter into a relationship, whether it is romantic or not, the person or people involved should add to your own happiness and not take away from it. Anyone who tries to steal away your joy and happiness must be dealt with immediately. Sometimes this means leaving that person, individual, or company and simply walking away.
Here are thirteen steps to a happier life and a healtheir new you:
Always trust God and put Him first above all else. Take your problems to Him first and He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Practice self-love daily: Before you can properly love others, you MUST love yourself First. Self-love is not selfish, it is necessary. (Mark 12:30-31).
Set healthy boundaries for yourself and never settle for less or accept less than what you deserve: You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce.
Be kind and loving in everything you do, but never respect anyone who does not respect you. (Remember practice self-love first!
Be actively involved in a good cause. When we serve and help others, we are also serving and helping the Lord and ourselves. God blesses us when we do good for others. (1 Timothy 6:17-19).
Do good things for yourself. Find a new hobby, learn something new, start your own business, and spend time in nature: These things are healing and medicine for your mind, body, and soul. When you do good things for yourself, you also increase your confidence, raise your self-esteem, and add more happiness to your life!
Eat well, exercise daily, and limit alcohol (or stay away from it altogether) (1 Peter 5:8-9).
Everyday practice having a heart of gratitude, it is the highest form of prayer (Ephesians 5:20).
Be a peace-maker: It's better to keep your peace and just walk away, instead of proving that you are right. (Matthew 5:9).
Misery enjoys company and you become the company you keep! Surround yourself with positive and healthy-minded people who not only do good things in the world, but who also want to see you succeed and be happy! (Proverbs 13:20-21).
Keep your life private! A private life is a happy life. People like to ruin beautiful things. Don't overshare information about your personal life - it's no one's buisness. There is power in privacy.
Be a light in the darkness and never delight in evil (1 Corinthians 13:6). Never lower your standards to the evil of others. Sometimes people are envious and jealous of your anointing. They want to destroy the very things inside of you that they can't and don't possess themselves. Your light blinds them and it disturbs their demons. So keep shining!
Life is too short to live in misery. You deserve to be happy! Make your happiness a priority today and take control back over your life. Self-love is not selfish, it is mandatory!
Isabella Boston is a multi-talented writer and the founder of Bella’s Attic Studio. She is well-versed in content writing, copywriting, and social media strategies with a focus on health and wellness, fashion and beauty, and natural healing as it pertains to the body, mind, and the soul. She is also a romance writer and the author of Passion of Flames.