Ballpoints: Choose Happiness



Malcolm is an Australian explorer and author. He has traveled the world researching unusual places and interesting people.

Malcolm has also enjoyed significant success in business and always generated the money to pay for his dreams.

Malcolm, in a media interview, said his life has been extraordinarily happy. He added that he had experienced God’s blessing at every stage of his life.

A photograph of Malcolm shows a tall, athletic man with black hair mixed with streaks of gray. He is fit, tanned and well-dressed. He smiles into the camera with eyes that are a blend of confidence and mischief.

He looks like the happy man he claims to be.

But there is more to the story of Malcolm. He has lived through numbing tragedy. His wife and two daughters died in a freak boating accident. His primary business went bankrupt and he had to rebuild everything while in his mid-fifties. One of his books caused such debate and controversy that he was forced to defend his work for over three years. He fell off a dangerous cliff and spent a year and a half in recovery.

When the reporter doing the interview asked Malcolm how he could be so happy with so much disaster in his life, Malcolm politely explained that God had been with him in every circumstance and had given him deep peace and inner joy.

He finished the interview by again stating that his life had been blessed and happy.
Happiness may be circumstantial but true joy is a gift from God. Joy is one of the “fruits of the Spirit” listed in Galatians 5:22.

You project happiness when you have real joy based on your relationship with Christ.

When you project happiness you are surrounded by a wave of favor and success.

According to Dr. Shawn Achor, who teaches a popular class on the psychology of happiness at Harvard University, positive, happy medical doctors arrive at correct diagnoses 19% faster. Happy, optimistic salespeople outsell other salespeople by an amazing 56%. Happy students perform better on math tests.

Dr. Achor further found that college freshmen who were happy had higher incomes than unhappy students, 19 years later.

A study of 180 Catholic nuns revealed that those who described themselves as happy lived 10 years longer than those who claimed to be unhappy.
In another study medical doctors who were given free candy performed better and faster than those who were given nothing. When interviewed, the doctors who were given candy said they felt happier after receiving the sweets.

One major study of 275,000 people found that a feeling of happiness (which was then spread to other people) was the number one factor in personal success.

When you feel happy, act happy and broadcast happiness to other people you have more success, you perform at a higher level, people like you more and life runs more smoothly.

Always remember that happiness and joy come from within. Like Malcom, you can choose happiness in spite of your circumstances. When you do, your life is better and so are the lives of the other people in your life.

Stop complaining. Cease blaming. Exit self-pity. Thank God.

Be happy and see how your life can “take off.”

The Bible says in Nehemiah 8:10, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

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  1. I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for posting. Its true the joy of the Lord is our strength 😊


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