Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 John 1:2
Between the stress in our personal lives and the chaotic world around it is easy to get sucked into a feeling of doom and gloom. Tune into the news for a little while and it seems not a day goes by without some sort of disaster striking. Add to that the usual politicking and it’s no wonder we feel like there isn’t a lot to smile about these days.
Yet, at the same time how happy we are and feel makes a huge difference in all areas of our own lives and how we affect the lives of others.
When you’re in a good mood, you’re more motivated to get stuff done. This, of course, means that your productivity will go up and work seems more effortless. You also tend to do better work when you’re happily invested in what you do. I’m sure you’ve noticed both of these in your own life.
If you’re in a job you’re happy at, time flies, work flies off your desk, and you’re highly motivated to do a great job. If you’re unhappy on the other hand, the hours drag, you’re only half-heartedly in it, and as a result, work takes you longer and if you’re honest, the quality isn’t as high as you could make it. You’re putting in the hours and can’t wait to head back home.
Of course work isn’t the only place happiness affects both your productivity and the quality of your “work”. When you’re happy, it’s easier to get through the chores at home, get the shopping done, and cook a healthy meal for the family. Best of all that happiness is contagious.
By being happy yourself, you’re affecting the mood of everyone around you in a positive way. This in turn will help you stay happier.
It’s a positively reinforced happiness loop.
Being in a good mood makes you a much more patient person. This is important to help with all relationships in your life. You know you are a much better parent, spouse, or coworker when you’re patient. When you’re stressed out and unhappy, it’s easy to snap at someone and hurt their feelings without really meaning to do so.
You’re better at explaining, sharing, and a better listener when you’re patient and content.
Your happiness even affects your health. Happy people are less likely to get sick. It seems that smiles boost your immune system. A good mood will even help you heal faster and recover quicker from an illness. It’s amazing how much happiness can affect your physical health in a positive way.
We already talked about stress. Happiness, and laughing in particular, is a great stress buster. With that you’ll reverse all the negative effects stress can have on your body and your mind.
In other words, happiness is important because it can have a positive effect on your mind, body, and others around you. The good news is that you don’t have to wait for happy times to appear. You have a lot of control over how you feel and how happy you are.
Happiness is a choice we make day by day, hour by hour, and situation by situation.
Isn’t it time you took control of your emotions and chose happiness?