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4 Giving Secrets of Happiness

I shared this today in group, after being told I was too cheerful for Thanksgiving where I was. Needless to say, when it was over, the people with me had a better mood too! These are four secrets to the happiness in my life.

4 Giving Secrets:

1) Giving your problems to God – He is in control anyway and is just waiting for us to let go. It is not denying that you have a problem or refusing to deal with it – just turn it over to God.

2) Forgiving – Let get of past hurts, offer forgiveness, remember God forgives us only as we forgive others. Forgiving is for us, not the person that wronged us. It does not mean that you have to be reconciled to the person, it means that you allow the past hurt to stop having control over you.

3) Thanksgiving – In all things, give thanks. Regardless of what is going on around you, there is always something to be thankful for. Even the poorest of poor in America are richer than most third world countries. Very few people can say they have ever starved – we may go hungry, but starvation is the result of a severe or total lack of nutrients needed for the maintenance of life – very few of us can say we have been there – that is something to be thankful for!

4) Giving to others – We are called to be servants – servants give of themselves with nothing in return. Giving to others lifts your spirits and theirs too. Give a smile, a compliment, encouragement, compassion or love. These cost nothing. Give your time – whether to a worthy cause or just really be in the moment with the people around you – focus on the here and now. Give of your resources – they all belong to God anyway. We all have something we can give to others!

There are many secrets to happiness, but four that are available to all of us are choosing for forgive, giving thanks, giving our problems to God and giving to others. None of these cost anything except a willingness to give.

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