Happiness – Monitor Your Influences or Your Happy Day is in Danger of Turning Ugly!
How Do Daily Influences Impact Your Happiness?
This is too often ignored, and its impact on our lives not taken seriously. Learn to monitor your intake to help control your level of happiness.
What do you watch, read, and listen to?
What you take in, is what you are going to put out.
Test Your Level of Output after These Types of Input:
- How do you sleep after watching a scary movie before bed?
- How do you feel after reading the newspaper reports on the unemployment and crime rate, and the latest health epidemics?
- How big is the smile on your face after listening to songs about broken relationships and how much life stinks?
There is no doubt about it; what you choose to watch, read, and listen to is going to affect your happiness.
And that’s not all. It is also vital to take into account the people you associate with and the influence they have on you.
Grumpy companions, negative people, idea zappers, vision smashers, are all happiness squashers. 🙁 How often have you had a happy day go instantly ugly after being around one of these types of people for just a few minutes?
The key here is to use the influence of these things to your advantage. Start taking in things, and hanging around people, that are going to lift your spirit.
You know the right song can make your heart sing and put your feet to dancing. A funny movie or a good joke will put a smile on your face. Just being in the same room with a happy, upbeat person can have that same spirit rub off on you and lift your countenance.
Stay prepared and have a collection of music, movies, and books readily available to lift your spirit and keep your outlook on life bright and hopeful.
Experience that instant feeling of happiness just from listening to a song. The feeling can even linger and last all day with the song singing in your head. Take advantage of this and use it for your benefit. Heck, isn’t that why many of the musicians wrote the songs in the first place?
The good news is, you get to choose the majority of what you take in and are exposed and influenced by. And for the things you don’t have a choice over, such as a grumpy co-worker, you can choose how you will react.
You can choose to say:
“This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad!” –Psalm 118:24
Love, laugh, smile, and dance often!
Case in point: Regardless of what type of situation you are in, you can choose to praise God and keep moving forward with a smile. It’s a choice. Monitor what you take in. Let the Word of God be your primary intake and you’ll be surprised at what it can do for you. When you are full of the power of God, His joy becomes your strength and fills your life with happiness.
May your life be full of spirit lifting influences and continued growing prosperity!
P.S. Image credits go to Billy Alexander. Thanks!