Always Be Joyful

Time for some soul food, with help from Saint Paul, Dale Carnegie, and Whinnie the Pooh.

Whether you consider yourself a religious person or not, there's a lot to be gleaned from the Bible.  It is the oldest book known to man, is it not?  

  • Be kind
  • Love everyone
  • Show respect 
  • Be patient
  • Take care of those less fortunate
  • Laughter is good medicine
  • Don't cheat or ssteal
  • Encourage one another
  • Pray

I've been listening to some podcasts, on my morning walks,  and noticed a similar thread running thru all of them; The power of positive thinking.  Sounds like a book title😉😉

Saint Paul is credited for writing the New Testament book of Thessalonians, but the amazing thing is he may have written some of these words while in prison for his beliefs. No negative nellie here:

Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:14-18 (New Living Testament)

So whether you consider yourself a person of faith or not, the best way to do life is with a positive attitude. How do you do that? 

1. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

2. Choose to become a positive person. 

3. Limit your availability to negative people.  

The title doesn't  say "Always be happy" ... of course there are sad times in our life. But don't let world events, life obstacles, or negative nellies keep you from your goals and living your life as a joyful, kind, and loving person.

How will this help you get healthy?  It's really simple. Practice all of the above bullet points on yourself, as well.

  • Be kind (to yourself)
  • Love everyone (including yourself)
  • Show respect (to yourself)
  • Be patient (with yourself)
  • Take care of those less fortunate (helping others will transform your life) 
  • Laughter is good medicine (keep smiling)
  • Don't cheat (Ha! don't cheat on your diet) 
  • Encourage one another (talk to yourself)
  • Pray 

I'll leave you today with another gem from Paul: Rejoice always, and again, I say rejoice. Philippians 4:4