#100dayshappy

My first week doing 100 happy days has proved fruitful.
I have found so much more happiness in my life than I thought was there.
It is an important lesson.
Becoming mindful of the things which cause me happiness has allowed me to see the ongoing contentment in my life. I have learnt that happiness is not just about the big highs but also about that warm glow which lights up every day life.
This last week has been a real blessing and i would encourage you to join in by signing up to http://100happydays.com… and let me know how you do!

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#Happiness costs everything and nothing at all.

Apparently it’s international happiness day today. It got me thinking about what makes me happy. Lots of simple things actually, running, growing things, craft, cups of tea…

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But none of those things are at the heart of my happiness. Right there at the core, flowing into everything thing I am and do, it my relationship with Jesus. His tender care, his compassion and patient. His wise words in times of crisis and his laughter on times of joy.

I could not be without him. I truly love who he is and you could not ask for a better friend.

The bible demonstrates that Jesus asks us to give our all, to take up our crosses and follow him. But if ever there was a way to get more than you give, it’s by following Jesus.

It costs everything and nothing at all.

Psalm 1 verses 1 to 3 put it well:

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Happy are those
    who reject the advice of evil people,
    who do not follow the example of sinners
    or join those who have no use for God.
Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord,
    and they study it day and night.
They are like trees that grow beside a stream,
    that bear fruit at the right time,
    and whose leaves do not dry up.
They succeed in everything they do.

Joy comes when you let it

Life never quite does what you expect it to do and we all have things we wish were different.
But what do you do? Mourn the life you don’t have and miss the one you do?

No, better to celebrate what you do have, because that’s the route to happiness.
R and I don’t have children and I have learnt that it is better to give thanks than to keep bitterness.

And besides, who couldn’t be happy with this in their life:

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