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On happiness in varied circumstances

Happiness need not be entirely dependent on your environment. There are certain basics everyone needs like health and roof over their head but a person could have all the money in the world, and still be unable to acquire what it is they really want, and ultimately remain unhappy. A person could be surrounded by all their friends and loved ones, and still be lonely. And, a person could have to eat bugs to survive, in a cold, wet prison cell, and still be happy to eat those bugs, and happy to be alive.  This person has gratefully accepted their surroundings, and has found some good or greater meaning in it, making the experience more pleasurable. This person chose to be happy with what they had, by being mindful of the moment, recognizing the potential it may have.   The Apostle Paul in a letter that made it's way into the Bible said this:   "I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circum
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Be happy by giving happiness

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Be happy by living in the moment

We all know that living in the past can drag a person down, but why? And what about living in the future? We need balance, but living in the moment is something we must focus on if we are to lead happy lives. Living in the moment has been shown to be the best way to become and stay happy. Here is why. We Can’t Change the Past Almost every one of us has regrets about something in our past, but there is nothing we can do to change it. Instead of wasting our moments and energy in lament over situations that are long gone and no longer in our control to change, we can use the energy to make our present situation better. Confess your sins to God, learn what you can from the past, and then move on. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) We Can’t Predict What the Future Holds Don’t worry about the future, because you cannot predict what it will bring. You can only prepare to a certain extent, and being

Be happy by knowing your life purpose?

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God affirms our choices.

We can go astray. We have free will to go the wrong way. If we want. But once we realize that we need to turn back and go in God's direction, go in the way that he leads, once we realize that the way to do it, the way to not be weighed down by guilt and shame. The way to have the depression and apathy lift so that we can get going in God's direction is to do this, to consciously give these transgressions, to hand them over to God, to hand them over to Jesus who has borne our infirmities. And he carries them away. Video version: