Positive Happy Christian

Positive Happy Christian 

When I was growing up back home in India there was a lot of negativity around me. The dogmas of the church were creating the restrictions in life. There was no freedom. There was the glorification for the theology suffering and eschatology. I faced a lot of challenges to face the realities of everyday life. The most powerful book I have ever read in my life when I look back was, "The power of positive thinking by Norman Vincent Peale." This is true even when it comes to research studies in the field of psychology. Even in the 90's for every one positive psychology studies, there were 17 studies on depression and other mental health disorders. The traditional psychology asked this question or problem statement, why are people unhappy? How can we fix their problem? Let's ask the question "what can make people happy?" Let's not focus on the problem, rather focus on the solution. Today we even have solution focused psychology.

Happiness has many befits, even if we relate it with the church. Those who attend church once a week have a 25% higher life expectancy than those who don't because it probably increases their social support system, even if it does nothing in their spiritual life.

Positive psychology has many benefits such as Optimism win 33% more in the sales field, students freshman's happiness levels predict their income nineteen years later, judged by their journal entries, happy nuns live an average of ten years longer than unhappy nuns, unhappy employees take 15 more sick days a year, positive emotions produce dopamine and serotonin, which increase concentration, analysis, creativity, problem solving and memory.1

When you rate your life, your faith, based on your attitude towards it, will you say whether it is positive or negative? We live today in an increasingly negative world. It leads us to discouragement, depression, and flood our hearts and overwhelms our mind. Unfortunately, the bad emotions, bad parenting, bad feedback, ultimately the bad news create more impact than the good news. Unfortunately, most of the developed world's youths today think that the best days are behind them. They are expecting the doom. Many people struggle with a barking boss, cheating colleagues, unsatisfied marital life, complaining customers, and unreliable computers. We have developed a siege mentality growing with less confidence and creating less influence.  The greatness of the gospel is, it is done or it is finished. We can through away our culture of handicaps. We are carrying our weight that handicap our faith and prevent our life from enjoying the fullness of victory in Christ Jesus.

Solomon in his wisdom says: As a person thinks in his heart so is he or she. We are what we think or believe. What is our thinking when it comes to God, ourselves, others, problems, world? Our happiness or sadness is based on that belief. The Word of God says: The joy of the Lord is my strength. With the one vertical line from heaven to earth, our life and human destiny are changed forever, that is Jesus' incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection. St.Paul's approach is also very interesting. We are sorrowful, yet always rejoicing, as poor, yet making many rich, as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. We are quite good at the sorrow, loss, poverty, and nothing bit. But what about rejoicing, enriching, and possessing everything.  Paul in his epistle of joy says, "Brother in whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are a good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things.  Trial, suffering, backsliding, defeat, temptation are biblical words, but at the same time victory, growth, maturity, progress, usefulness, fruit, service, opportunities, advance, success and encouragement. I see in the Bible more celebration than lamentation, more life than death, more victory than struggles and more strength than a weakness. This is the foundation or the starting point of Happy Christianity and happy life in Christ. 

Tell me more about your happy feeling muscles? When it comes to happiness there are 10/50/40 rules. 10% of your happiness is related to your situation or circumstances. This includes your money, friends, success, health, fame or beauty. In other words, all the efforts you are putting on your wealth, health, popularity, muscular the emotional return on your investment is minuscule. The 50% goes to your genetic traits. Your parents regardless of your efforts created you with happiness gene or sadness or worried one. Then what is left is 40% to work with. Create mood altering patterns. Shift from sadness to happiness. It is possible for you. When it comes to your thought patterns people often shift from black to white. Remember there is a place for gray in between. Some time generalizing, filtering, perfecting, personalizing behavior affects your behavioral patterns. There is a hope for unlearning the learned behavior.  There is a radical shift between good in and good out vs garbage in and garbage out.

Positive faith, beliefs, health, the relationship will lead you to happy sum. The Hebrew expression of alleluia was preserved, untranslated by the early church as a superlative expression of thanksgiving, joy, and trump. Remember this in the context of translating and popularizing the name of Jesus. The name of God. 

In Scotland, Munro-bagging is a hobby. Positive leaders are Munro-baggers. Munro is a mountain in Scotland over 3000ft and there are 282 of them. People when it is summer start hill walk or hikes up to the top of them. When you finish 282 of them you have opened up the opportunity to see an incredible breadth of Scotland's outstanding landscape. Once you finish this task you will be respected and called a Munroist. 

In the book of Romans, we see Rom:11:36. For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. All things, yes, even your work, your struggles, your setbacks will work is off, though, is to, is for God.

1. David Philip Murray, The happy Christian: Ten ways to be a joyful believer in a gloomy world, (Nelson books, 2015. P.xvii

Dr. Binu Peniel

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