rejoice

In 2012, the United Nations (UN) declared March 20 to be observed as the International Day of Happiness.  To quote the website for this observance one finds the following, “The day recognizes that happiness is a fundamental human goal, and calls upon countries to approach public policies in ways that improve the well-being of all peoples.”  Policies?  For happiness?  While I agree that happiness should be a fundamental human goal, our world must be in a real bad way if we think that happiness can be legislated…Paul had a formula for happiness: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

While I don’t agree with the premise for such an observance, you will find some useful stuff on their website…like the following – using the acronym GREAT DREAM or “10 ways to Happier Living”:

G = Giving (Do things for others)
R = Relating (Connect with people)
E = Exercising (Take care of your body)
A = Appreciating (Notice the world around)
T = Trying Out (Keep learning things)
D = Direction (Have goals to look forward to)
R = Resilience (Find ways to bounce back)
E = Emotion (Take a positive approach)
A = Acceptance (Be comfortable with who you are)
M = Meaning (Be part of something bigger)