We go on about our lives and rarely actually think if we are happy or not. We have the everyday routine for work, family. We laugh, joke but what is actually going on inside. Would you agree that no matter what we have and who we are in life it still feels like something Is missing? It’s almost like nothing can fill up that empty space in our hearts.
French writer Jean-Paul Sartre said once that we have a “God-shaped hole” in us and we are trying to fill it with everything else..
What does Bible say about joy and happiness?
“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.”
– Psalm 119:1-3
What if you aren’t happy?
If you struggle with feelings of happiness, it is easy to read through verses and wonder how you are supposed to get that feeling yourself. If you don’t “feel” happy, does that mean you are doing something wrong? After all, the Bible talks about how being obedient brings joy. However, we need to remember that joy and happiness are not the same things and life is tough.
– There are many strategies you can use to increase your level of happiness in life.
– Self-care is crucial for your overall happiness. If you’re not taking care of yourself, it will become increasingly difficult to find happiness. Make sure you’re getting enough rest every night, eating the right food, and exercising.
– Exercising and physical activity increases the endorphins in your brain that help to boost your mood. So, if you’re feeling a little down, put on your tennis shoes and hit the pavement.
– Forgiving yourself and others is also a good practice of self-care. Forgiveness not only has positive healing effects, but it can release unnecessary emotional burdens from you, thereby opening the path toward reconciliation, love, and happiness.
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit”
– Psalm 15:13