If you had the choice to choose between laughing or smiling which would you choose?
Recently, I had a friend ask me this question. I was really quick in my response to say that laughter would be my choice. It was a knee jerk response. I figured that laughter was a stronger emotion and that would be more desirable, right? But I have been thinking about it and I think I was wrong.
Happiness is deep-rooted in contentment and gives you a sense of fullness that you experience when you are truly at peace with the world around you. At least this is the best definition that I can come up with. It’s not easy to define. I don’t think happiness is fleeting, you can move through other emotions while still being intrinsically happy.
So how do we attain more happiness and fulfillment in our life? Finding a joy that surpasses understanding and lives in our soul. Where a smile can spread across our face, even when we are going through struggles. For some, this seems to come naturally but others need to be more committed to its presence in our day to day to achieve it.
I believe it’s in the little things. Our days are made up of small moments. We have control over how we act and react in the moments. To break it down into small acts makes it much less overwhelming. If we choose to give more by reaching out and being kind, taking time and slowing down just a bit to relish the world around us we may soon start to feel a little more at peace and content.
I have also found that the act of gratitude and taking time to be intentional about it has also become an important part of my day and this small act really does help to keep me focused on the positive all day long. You can write it, think it, or pray it but whatever you do, don’t forget to be grateful. We live in a culture where we are always striving for more but we have so much already.
I’d love to hear what you do to fix your mind on the conviction of contentment that spreads a smile across your face today?
Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.