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How to Kill a Happy Man

There are days when the need to knock off the smile from some happy person’s face can be overwhelming – at least that is what my husband says when we both face chaos and I do it with a smile. People tell me that happy people are annoying.

I confess that I am a positive person and most days I am able to look for the silver lining, grasp it and then carry on. I also confess that I could NOT believe that everyone was born with that ability. Even the cartoons get it. Think happy thoughts and you can fly.

There are days when I firmly believe that people around me attempt to take me down. Misery loves company and searches to get that company in any direction necessary. The bad news for those people is that it is impossible to kill a happy man. Death really only comes when hope no longer exists. As long as I can find a piece of joy I will have peace in my joy.

Two Reasons to Walk in Joy

    1. The only thing I have to plant in my children is all that is in me. What do I want to plant in the hearts and minds of my children?

    2. The only representation I have for Christ is the walk that I live each day. Do I want others to think that a life with Christ involves sucking a lot of lemons?

Walking in joy and carrying around that inner smile that often shines through to the outside is not always easy. Those days when the world singles me out for attack can be particularly difficult. The key lies in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Keys to Walking in Joy

    • Listen to music with a positive message.
    • Find a blog that includes positive posts.
    • Find some Facebook friends that can offer a word of encouragement.
    • Take time to go through a list of things that you can thank God for at this moment.
    • Read some of the praise Psalms.

The decision to walk through life happy and smiling or to want to slap the smile off the faces of “those people” is a personal choice that lies in you. Decisions can be affected by other people and situations but they can not be determined by them.

Happy people are growing in numbers. Are you ready to walk a walk that will lead to a happy life?

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4 Responses to How to Kill a Happy Man

  1. Kela October 3, 2009 at 10:18 AM #

    I think that we are kindred spirits. I have heard from many people how calm and joyful I always am. I attribute it mostly to my personality type (phlegmatic). I’m thankful for this temperament. My response for people that react to my demeaner is, “There’s no use complaining or being negative. If there’s something you can do about a problem or situation, do it. If not, accept it and move on. God always comes through.”
    Our whole family chooses the positive. Neither my husband nor I allow words of fear, doubt, or negativity. We firmly believe that you get what you say. We choose to say things that are uplifting and positive; especially in the worst of situations.

    You mentioned some “Keys to Walk in Joy”. Are you and I facebook friends? 🙂

    • Kathryn Lang October 3, 2009 at 10:26 AM #

      Hey Kela – I requested that you be my friend on Facebook 😀

      Thanks for stopping by – I find the more people I can surround myself with that follow the “Keys to walking in Joy” then the easier it is for me to follow that path as well!

  2. Steve Dorning October 4, 2009 at 8:24 AM #

    My own walk to a positive life for Christ has been mostly through Valleys of life. Looking back now, I realize that a lot of it had to do with my attitude. I laughed a lot back then, but only to keep from crying. Now when I laugh its from the heart and thanks to the Blessings from God. It is amazing how a negative attitude can blind you to the miracles that happen around you everyday. Sorry I haven’t been posting, Kathy. I needed a break to recharge. =)

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