Life does not have to be full of complications. Try your best to avoid chaos in your life and see how much happier you will be. We do not find the key to happiness and abundant living in some life-changing experience. It trying to make the best of every day and accept the fact you cannot be in control of everything. Life has some simple rules we often forget, and if you pay attention, you might enjoy living a little more than you have been doing. Here are 5 simple rules of life that may help you unlock the door to happiness:
Make friends with people who want the best for you. In our quest to be approved and loved by everyone, we allow people in our lives who rob us of our joy. Why have people in your life who don’t bring out the best in you? Pursue and maintain friendships with people who care about you as much as you care about them. If the people you have in your life are not willing to celebrate your successes as much as you celebrate theirs, something is woefully lacking in that relationship. Deliberately choosing people who are good for you is not selfish, it is self-preservation.
Go after what is meaningful, not what is convenient. Sometimes, in our quest to find our purpose, we end up doing what is convenient but not meaningful. The fact that we may be good at doing something does not mean it is what brings us joy. We also settle for what is convenient because we are afraid of failing, so we cozy up to what makes us comfortable. We will not know the extent of our potential until we will trade comfort for meaningful pursuit. If we want to make a difference in this world, we have to accept everything can’t be about us.
Practice telling the truth. The truth is golden, but not popular. John 8: 32, the wise teacher Jesus Christ, affirms there is freedom to be found in truth. The world teaches us that truth is an illusion practiced by the overly religious, but if we don’t have the truth, what do we have? It is never easy telling the truth, but it results in fewer complications. Communicate your truth in such a way people will be open to listening because it is useless if no one hears it. Also, be prepared for the repercussions because speaking the truth will never make you the most popular person in the room. If you can’t speak the truth, at least don’t lie!
Guard your speech. Freedom of speech is a right that should be guaranteed for all human beings. But having the right to speak does not mean everything should be said anytime and anywhere. Proverbs 18: 21 reminds us there is the power of life and death in the tongue, which means we have to be careful in our speech. Being negligent with our lips can do much harm to ourselves and others, so we should watch what we say. Don’t be so self-righteous you allow your words to destroy the humanity of others. Weigh your speech and if it does not sound good in your head, chances are it will not sound good when you say it out loud.
Smile often get the wrinkles out of your face. Life is too short to walk around with the world’s problems painted on your face. Smiling is not just good for your health, it is also good for the environment. When we smile, most times, we elicit positive responses from the people around us. Accept that there are many negatives in the world stealing of joy, but there are also things to smile about every day. Make smiling a rule of your life and see how much more you will enjoy being alive. Smiling is contagious. When you smile, others will smile back, even on the most difficult day of their lives.
Remember, it does not take a lot to find happiness. Happiness and abundant living do not happen by accident. It is more about what we do every day with the time we have. Be deliberate about finding your joy. Life is too short to live without finding your purpose and maximizing your potential. Find your simple rules and live by them.