By Jesse Jost
If God stepped into your room and offered you a pill that was guaranteed to boost your happiness level, would you take it?
God made our brains for joy and peace and pleasure. In His presence there is fullness of joy. (Psalm 16:11)
Jesus said that He came that we might have life more abundantly. (John 10:10) “That your joy may be full,” were some of His final words to his disciples (John 15:11). Paul urges us to “rejoice in the Lord always.” (Phil 4:4)
But on this broken planet, we rarely enjoy God’s presence. Our minds are weighted with anxiety, resentment, discontentment, and guilt.
How did we get stuck in misery and how do we get unstuck?
Happiness Booster #1: Replace Regrets of the Past with Gratitude
The past can be tormenting… mistakes, missed opportunities, and the criticisms and abuse heaped on us. Toxic reflections like these create a yearning to rewrite events gone by.
But the past can’t be changed. It can, however, be reframed or reinterpreted.Continue reading…