Sometimes, we may think it is so much easier to be sad than happy. We are conditioned to believe that happiness is dependent on various aspects of life that we all want to possess. Each individual on Earth has been through times when happiness seemed to be the last emotion they felt.
It is only natural, especially when hunger, sickness, war, crisis, pain, financial problems, and lack of love or understanding continue to prevail. What do we do to feel happy when it seems too difficult? The scriptures teach us three of the top ways to feel happier.
“The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 29:19) This tells us that meekness, which is a form of humility, will most certainly make us happier.How?
More often than not, we misunderstand “meekness” as being weak, and letting ourselves be trampled upon by others. The meek, the lowly, and the humble are actually those who are aware of their mistakes, of their weaknesses and submit themselves to the righteousness of God. It can be difficult to try to tone down the natural pride that we all have, but we can look to our Savior as a prime example of meekness.
Obey His Commandments
We usually hear this tagalog question when we eat something so indulgent, we know it’s going to be bad for us, “Bakit masama para sayo yung mga masasarap kainin?” Just as with His commandments, sometimes we can feel restricted or unhappy when we obey the things we are asked to do or not do. In Mosiah 2:41, we are reminded of how happier we can be when we obey His commandments.
“I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual…..that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness.”
Remember That Happiness Can Be Found In Him
We tend to look at material and abstract things as important sources of happiness. What we forget is that true happiness can only be found in Him and not in this world. Because of Him pain turns into comfort, sorrow turns into joy, guilt becomes peace and hate becomes love.
“For in this world your joy is not full, but in me your joy is full.” (D&C 101:36)