Everyone deserves even a little happiness. Sometimes, out of ignorance, people will make it appear that pursuing happiness is not a godly motivation. The word of God frequently reminds us that genuine happiness is achieved when we are aligned with His will for our lives. If we approach life trying to find happiness in the wrong places, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment (Psalm 37:4). God wants us to be happy; he takes pleasure in it, but He does not want us to pursue happiness at the expense of our relationship with Him. It is therefore important for God’s people to know how to pursue happiness that is in keeping with God’s will for us (Romans 15:13). Reflect on your beliefs about happiness. Are they realistic? Are they aligned with God’s will for you? Do you want to discover how to find happiness God’s way? Here are a few things we should consider.

There is no such thing as complete happiness. Life is a cycle. It is a series of challenges. No matter how happy we are in the moment, we must live with the knowledge that it can all change in an instant. We spend so much time pursuing complete happiness that we forget to appreciate the seconds, minutes, and hours of each day. Wouldn’t it be better for us to put all our efforts into creating memories by making the most of every opportunity instead of looking to be completely happy? Life is not flawless; there is no day without its share of difficulty. We should not fool ourselves into believing we can be happy all the time. We should embrace the happy moments life affords us and understand that worldly happiness is inconsistent. If we want to be truly happy, we ought to seek our happiness by putting God first in all things (Matthew 6:33).

Invest in your relationships. We focus so much on accumulating wealth and material things the value people add to our lives goes unnoticed. People are important to our health and happiness. Invest in people who you can trust and you will discover the benefits are numerous (Proverbs 18: 24). True happiness does not come by being self-indulgent; life cannot just be about want we want. What good would it do us if we gain everything we desire out of life, but had no one to share it with? One of the amazing things about life is that the good we sow into the lives of people is usually returned to us multiplied (Acts 20: 35). Let us focus more on building friendships and relationships and see how much closer we can get to achieve our happiness.

Care for your spirit. Many people have the best of everything, but they live with tormented spirits. Happiness is worthless without a soul that is at peace. People who have a relationship with God do a better job of navigating life. God reminds us it is our inner being that is important to Him (2 Corinthians 4: 16). Our bodies and all the things acquired will fade away with time. When we have peace with God and peace with ourselves, happiness is a welcome blessing. Taking time out of the hustle and bustle of life to commune with God has many benefits. Our creator wants to hear from us, not only when we are asking for something, but also when we need cleansing for our souls. When we care for our spirits, we will find contentment in the simplicity of life. Don’t overthink or complicate life. Whatever life throws at us, remember God has given us a spirit that is unbreakable because He provides us with what we need to take care of it. God never fails and the best of us belongs to Him.

Happiness is neither luck nor good fortune; it is choosing to be happy. It takes sincere effort to gain and maintain happiness, but it is worth it. We wouldn’t leave our happiness up to anyone because nobody owes us anything. Keep in mind that can also be subjective. What brings happiness to one person may not bring happiness to everyone, so it is important for us to know what makes us happy. As Christians, our happiness begins and ends with God. Our trust is not in 12-step programmes and gurus, God’s word has given us everything we need for life, godliness, and happiness (2 Peter 1:3).

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