GATEWAY TO HAPPINESS
CHAPTER THREE HAPPINESS IS DEPENDENT ON YOUR THOUGHTS
Introduction: you create your emotional world.
Life has the potential for happiness, but each person chooses what he will think
about and how he will view things.
2. Happiness is a skill that can be learned. To acquire this skill it is necessary to master:
The ability to focus on happiness-producing thoughts instead of those which cause unhappiness.
The ability to evaluate events and situations as positive instead of negative, or at least to lower the degree of negativity (rather than considering minor discomforts as tragedies, evaluate them as minor).
The life of a person who has a positive attitude to life is likened in Proverbs
(15:15) to a life of constant parties. His entire life is full of happiness and joy. Such a person does not need special situations to supply him with happiness. Whatever he does and wherever he is, he finds things to be happy about. He grows constantly from each experience and from each person with whom he comes into contact. Mastering this attitude requires time and effort, but is a very worthwhile investment.
4. We create the world in which we live to a great extent. While many events are beyond our control and we are unable to have a direct influence on them, we still have the ability to control our thoughts and attitudes towards a given situation to a large degree. Hence, the emotional consequences of events is largely up to us. It is unrealistic to expect perfect control, but people who work calmly and persistently on their thoughts will be able to improve.
5. A concise formula for happiness can be put simply: consistently make an effort to think thoughts conducive to happiness and you will be happy. Your mind is constantly at work with various thoughts and images at the forefront of your focus. If you make an effort to keep telling yourself statements conducive to happiness, you will live a happy life. It is your choice. Many people are not completely aware of what they are constantly telling themselves, but by obtaining awareness they will have greater control.
HAPPINESS IS DEPENDENT ON YOUR THOUGHTS