I don't know about you but I'm a fan of that song "HAPPY" by Pharrell. The break on the song brings you right to a Sunday morning Baptist church service. Just lovely!! You can't help but jump up and dance gleefully and remind yourself that you're "HAPPY."
But how can you sustain that happiness after the song dies down?
Biblical principles state that Giving (goodwill/generosity) & Maintaining Positive Relationships can lead to happiness and create happiness. Scientists and psychologist alike also agree that as social beings, being social and active participants and helpers in society can sustain and even create happiness.
So, if ever you are down and can't play the "HAPPY" song on repeat, let me give two ways to create happiness.
1) Give Yourself to Others in Need
Giving doesn't always have to be about giving money. You can give your time, volunteer or make a commitment to someone in need.
He who despises his neighbor sins [against God, his fellowman, and himself], but happy (blessed and fortunate) is he who is kind and merciful to the poor. (Proverbs 14:21, Amplified Bible)
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7, KJV)
2) Maintain Positive Relationships
It's no accident that people who have supportive families excel; but even if you don't have a supportive family you can still gain support through other communities or people. Positive friends, a good church home and/or positive co-workers can create and maintain happiness.
If you fall, your friend can help you up. But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble. (Ecclesiastes 4:10, Contemporary English Version)
Now don't just take my word for it. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, spend time with the elderly, help children who are in need, participate in community or get together with friends and see if you don't gain an extra dose of dopamine.
Just imagine if you were on the receiving end of this, if you were hungry or you needed something to drink, wouldn't you be ecstatic? Exactly, well those feelings are mutual.