Each one of us is looking to be happy. True happiness is a deep internal feeling knowing that each day is a great day, regardless of what side of the bed we got up on or what obstacles we face in our lives. True happiness is not dependent on anything or anyone around us. Things and people come and go. We yearn for them but they disappoint. When we are truly happy we are smiling inside everyday, regardless of what is happening on the outside. No person or event can take true happiness away from us. That’s because God hard-wired happiness into each one of us.
Let’s stop here and discuss one major point. If you don’t believe in God, and don’t want to believe in him, this is not for you. If you have lost your belief in God, please read on because I know you can find him again if you are interested. If you believe in God, then absolutely read on. God wants us all to be happy, and at peace and fulfilled. To repeat—God hard-wired happiness into each one of us.
We may not realize it, but we all want to find true, lasting happiness. No one wants to be unhappy but so many people are. No one likes being unhappy, except those who become accustomed to wallowing in self-pity because they can’t find true happiness. True happiness cannot be taken away by anyone or any situation around us. Shallow happiness comes and goes. It can be wiped out in an instant. True happiness gets us through any challenges we face in our lives. It makes every day a great day—no matter what life brings our way.
In this land of unbounded opportunity and possibilities, everyone should be very happy. True happiness that is lasting is not tied to money or what people do to us. When we find true happiness no one can take it away. It is only ours to lose. We can lose our house and every penny in the stock market but we can’t lose true happiness.
If you think this sounds like a fairytale, keep reading. You can be happier than you ever thought possible.
Happiness leads to peace and fulfillment in our lives. Being at peace is maintaining our life equilibrium, no matter what life throws at us. We know who we are, and are comfortable with it, when we have true peace in our lives. We don’t have to try to be anyone else. We simply are who we are. Peace makes us comfortable in our own skin. The boat of life may rock—sometimes violently—but we always keep our balance when we truly are at peace with ourselves. Nothing can shake or sink us. We have no fears when we are at peace. No one can take true peace away from us.
Fulfillment is understanding what we are doing with our lives. Being fulfilled is having a directional compass in our lives and that direction is dead straight ahead. We take wrong turns on occasion but the compass of fulfillment keeps us pointed in the right direction.
Being fulfilled is knowing our place and purpose in this world. Each one of us has a unique purpose in life. When we understand that purpose, we become fulfilled. So many of us are looking for meaning in our lives, whether we realize it or not. When we are fulfilled, the search is over.
You can’t be at peace and fulfilled unless you first find true happiness. Peace and fulfillment flow from happiness.
Unfortunately, many of us are looking for happiness in all the wrong places. That is the problem. Sex, money, alcohol, drugs, gambling, and food are all promised to us as solutions. The truth is that they are all addictive dead ends that keep us from finding lasting happiness, peace, and fulfillment. With the financial crisis throughout the world, we have learned the hard way that money specifically can’t buy happiness. It just buys greed. And some of the “stars” of Wall Street have shown us how additive and out of control greed can become.
The place to really look for happiness is obviously a well-kept secret for most. Look around and you will see people searching but few finding. A lot of us are searching for answers to life but are coming up empty. That’s why so many people in this world of ours are unhappy.
The problem is that we look to the world for answers. We don’t look in the most basic, obvious place—to God. It is our Creator who holds the keys to lasting happiness, peace, and fulfillment.
We can change our lives dramatically by finding true happiness, peace, and fulfillment through God. Change ourselves for the better and we can change the world for the better.
We live in a very dangerous world. The world desperately needs changing. We need to stop focusing on what divides us and start concentrating on what binds us. However, we need to start at home before we start trying to change the world. Home is inside us and our relationship with God.
We can really change the world for the better if we change ourselves for the better. Change comes one person at a time.
All you have to do is listen, read, love, fight, believe, live, and pray—seven simple Secrets to Life. Life is inherently that simple because God means it to be that simple.