Happiness Comes From What You Think About

"It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it."

Dale Carnegie

Happiness comes from what you think about. Imagine for a moment how much power lies in this truth. It isn't your dreams, your things, your job, or even your relationships that result in your happiness. Nothing outside can make you happy inside.

Be encouraged that you have more control over your happiness than the current circumstances you find yourself in. But, sometimes it can be hard to think positively about the things that we inherently think as negative, or even harder is finding the ability to just “flip a switch” and think differently.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40,000,000 adult Americans ages 18 and older[1]. This says nothing of teenagers, plus it’s safe to say that nearly all of us experience some sort of anxiety and/or depression at some point or another in life.

Whether occasionally, frequently, or constantly, our minds can get trapped in “what-ifs,” fears, and thoughts that circulate over and over bringing us and our happiness down. But, they don’t have to.

If you have a bad taste in your mouth, you spit it out and replace it with something more pleasing. Likewise, we need to replace our thoughts.

It can be hard to just flip a switch and think differently, but it is not impossible, because you were designed and created by God to be able to point your thoughts where you want them to go.

"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." – Colossians 3:2 ESV

We can set our minds.

It may not be easy, and it may take practice. But, every moment is practice for the next, so right now we have the opportunity to set our minds on that which we want to dwell. The more we practice, the more likely we are to create a habit. Do you want to increase your happiness? Then, create a habit of thinking positively.

Practice

  • Read Colossians 3:2 and spend some time asking God to help you set your mind on the things that he wants you to.
  • Take a few moments and think through what you know about your day. Note as many positive things as possible about each upcoming event, meeting, task, or person.

Do this and begin to observe your attitude lift and your worries and fears lessen as you choose to think positively.


[1] Facts & Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2018, from https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics#