The Dalai Lama, said: “I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.” He then explained that he believed that happiness can be achieved by training, or disciplining, the mind and the heart. “A mind,” he said, “is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness.” Belief in God is unnecessary, he maintains.
Another peaceful man/brilliant mind, Jesus, however, believed belief in God “necessary” because: (my highlights)
Jesus was interested in human happiness. He began his well-known Sermon on the Mount with nine beatitudes—nine expressions that begin: “Happy are . . .” (Matthew 5:1-12) In that same sermon, he taught his listeners to examine, purify, and discipline their minds and hearts—replacing violent, immoral, and selfish thoughts with peaceful, clean, and loving thoughts. (Matthew 5:21, 22, 27, 28; 6:19-21)
Jesus knew that true happiness involves relationships with others. We humans are gregarious by nature, so we cannot be truly happy if we isolate ourselves or if we are constantly in conflict with those around us. We can be happy only if we feel loved and if we love others. Fundamental to such love, Jesus taught, is our relationship with God. Here especially, Jesus’ teaching departs from that of the Dalai Lama, for Jesus taught that humans cannot be truly happy independent of God—Matthew 4:4; 22:37-39.
[…]we have spiritual needs. Created in God’s image, we can to a degree cultivate divine attributes, such as love, justice, mercy, and wisdom. (Genesis 1:27; Micah 6:8; 1 John 4:8) Our spiritual needs include the need to have meaning in our life.
How can we satisfy such spiritual needs? Not through transcendental meditation or mere introspection. Rather, Jesus said: “Man must live, not on bread alone, but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah’s mouth.” (Matthew 4:4) Notice, Jesus said that God is the source of “every utterance” vital to our life. Some questions only God can help us to answer.
Seriously, some minds are messed up…(sadly, for whatever reason)…So, is my mind enough?! i acknowledge/accept: i don’t know it all, obvious to You–IF You regularly read my blogs, huh?;)…so, relying on just “my own” understanding/thoughts on things/solutions/theories/introspection/my mind alone…could be dangerous/limiting.
[…]human thinking […] is often misguided. It tends to play to selfish desires or to the ego. It is based on limited knowledge and experience, and quite often it rests on false premises.
Jehovah God (designer/creator) knows our makeup and what will make us truly happy. He knows why he put man on the earth and what the future holds, and he shares that information with us in the Bible. What he reveals in that inspired book strikes a responsive chord in rightly disposed individuals and inspires happiness. (Luke 10:21; John 8:32)
Such joy intensifies when we allow Bible truth to guide our life. In this regard, happiness can be likened to a rainbow. It appears when conditions are favorable, but it becomes more brilliant—even becoming a double rainbow—when conditions are perfect.
[…] “If, then, your eye is simple, your whole body will be bright.” (Matthew 6:19-22) Essentially, he said that if we avidly pursue wealth, power, or any of the other goals people set for themselves, we will lose out on more important things. After all, as Jesus said on another occasion, “even when a person has an abundance his life does not result from the things he possesses.” (Luke 12:15) If we put first the things that are really important, such as our relationship with God, family concerns, and other related matters, then our “eye” will be “simple,” uncluttered.
Notice, Jesus was not advocating asceticism or extreme self-denial. After all, Jesus himself was not an ascetic. (Matthew 11:19; John 2:1-11) Rather, he taught that those who view life as little more than an opportunity to amass wealth essentially miss out on life.
Commenting on some who became very wealthy early in life, a psychotherapist in San Francisco, U.S.A., said that for them money is “the root of stress and confusion.” These people, he added, “buy two or three houses, a car, spend money on stuff. And when that hasn’t done it for them [that is, made them happy], they become depressed, empty and uncertain about what to do with their lives.” In contrast, those who heed Jesus’ advice to lead a simpler life materially and toleave room for spiritual things are far more likely to find real happiness.
For me, a positive attitude helps happiness…Is optimism enough, though??
A […] promoted concept dubbed positive psychology holds that optimism, cultivated by positive thinking and by focusing on one’s personal strengths, can lead to happiness. Few would deny that an optimistic view of life and of the future adds to our happiness. However, such optimism has to be based on fact, not just on wishful thinking. Besides, no amount of optimism or positive thinking will eliminate war, starvation, disease, pollution, old age, sickness, or death—things that rob so many of their happiness. Nonetheless, optimism does have its place.
Interestingly, the Bible does not use the word optimism; it uses a more powerful word—hope. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary defines “hope” as used in the Bible as “favorable and confident expectation, . . . the happy anticipation of good.” In Bible usage, hope is more than an optimistic view of a situation. It also refers to the thing upon which one’s hope is fixed. (Ephesians 4:4; 1 Peter 1:3) The Christian hope, for instance, is that all the undesirable things mentioned in the preceding paragraph will soon be done away with. (Psalm 37:9-11, 29) […] And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4) (All excerpts in post from article: How to Find Real Happiness W01)
When You consider scientific evidence found, on this beautiful planet, of the essential/necessary interdependent relationships of all beautiful-breathing-fragile-life/all interdependent ecosystems on this amazing/living planet…it makes sense to me–that “true” living spirituality (complete happiness) is/would be wrapped up in a living/vibrant “relationship”…(i.e. with God).
AH:)…the life of Wife, Mother, Partner, Friend, Fragile-Life, Freckle-Face labeled joanie, etc., etc., etc., and the many hats she must wear…at any given moment in time…and all in the same day, eh?! (even when sick??)…uh-huh.
What (goofy or serious) hats do You wear? when? why? & why not…LOL!
Some of us are: looking for someone or something…(What are You looking for?!)…
something…misplaced/misinterpreted or lost; forgotten.
Oh, i forgot…what “exactly” am i striving/searching for??…
my brain? -lol…(immortality, right? right. limitless endlessness)
Eden: my first daughter’s middle name…her first name..a Greek name meaning “thunder” and Eden: meaning: “delight and/or pleasure”…(doesn’t every parent hope for a kind/delightful kid?)
Our 2nd child: 1 big pain, 1 big push, 1 percipitous birth, 1 month early…BOOM! and there she was..just like thunder…the funny thing, we picked her name long before her arrival. No doctor…a nurse barely put a glove on and caught her head as she bungee jumped!…Turns out: She is a delightful kid aka Sweet Pea!
Don’t we all need some thunderous “delight”…anytime of day, eh?
Imagine an endless Eden.
Writers began spinning tales of “perfect” societies—a welcome contrast to the corrupt societies in which they lived. None of these fanciful schemes, however, were truly Edenlike. Rather than imagining a life of freedom in a boundless park, these visionaries dreamed of a highly organized urban paradise. In the 16th century, for example, British statesman Sir Thomas More related an imaginary trip to a land he called Utopia. This word means “nowhere.”
Subsequent writers built on More’s ideas by adding a few of their own. “Utopias” were imagined by dozens of European writers during the following centuries. Again, these imaginary “ideal” societies were anything but gardens of pleasure. The Utopias tried to organize happiness by enforcing rigid order. But in doing so, they stifled originality and human freedom. Nevertheless, as history professor Henri Baudet observed, dreams of Utopian societies revealed a “never-slackening desire for a better life . . . and a more righteous society.” ~excerpted Tahiti and the Search for Paradise
Genesis 1:29 Then God said: “Here I have given to you every seed-bearing plant that is on the entire earth and every tree with seed-bearing fruit. Let them serve as food for you.
Most fruit is SWEET!…so, the Biblical account reveals God (aka Heavenly Father/Yahweh)…provided plenty of nutritious fruit trees to sustain the first man and woman endlessly and yet, they were warned NOT to eat from 1 particular tree or they would die! They chose to eat…from the “wrong” tree and lost endless life. Thus triggering suffering/death for their offspring…including us.
● WhatisGod’spurposefortheearth? In the garden of Eden, Jehovah (Yahweh/Creator/Organizer of Life) set a standard of beauty for the earth. He commissioned Adam and Eve to fill the earth with their offspring and “subdue it,” in order to bring the same measure of beauty and harmony to the whole planet. (Genesis 1:28) So God’s purpose for the earth is that it be a paradise inhabited by a perfect, united family of the offspring of Adam and Eve. Much of the Bible is about God’s means of fulfilling that original purpose.
[…]God’s purpose is not vague, nor is it some abstract theological concept. It is real. Just as the garden of Eden was a real place on this earth with real animals and real people, so God’s promise for the future is a certainty, a reality soon to come.~excerpted Why Eden Matters to You
Science & Spirituality: *It’s interesting how researchers are just now seeing the connection of “sweet tastes had positive effects” on longevity/lifespan of flies. …When the ancient book of wisdom, the Bible, said all along: The primary food source God originally provided for humans (who God wanted to live forever) fruit trees. Sweet stuff…
God offered and still offers all that mankind can possibly desire—everlasting life, freedom, satisfaction, happiness, health, peace, prosperity, and discovery of new things. Our enjoyment of all of this, however, requires recognition of our total dependence upon our heavenly Father, Jehovah/Yahweh.~ excerpted We Can Learn From the First Human Couple
My kind of violinist (watch below IF You choose)… cool the way she combines dance…
making music is making movement…makin’ happy…snappy-lol;)
Sedentary is making sick and stagnant…life is on the move…happily progressive… to stay healthy mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually one cannot be stagnant/stuck behind (in the past)…
Forgettingthethingsbehindandstretchingforwardtothethingsahead. Phil 3:13.
Healthy food mind/body can help make…ma·ka′ri·oi…Greek: “happy.”
When we display these qualities, we create the conditions for having peaceful relationships with others and with God, which result in true happiness. ~excerpted What it Really Takes to be Happy
Factors That Contribute to Happiness:
Love moves others to love you in return.
Joy gives you the strength to cope with challenges.
Peace helps you to keep your relationships free of strife.
Patience enables you to stay happy even when you are under trial.
Kindness draws others to you.
Goodness on your part makes others respond when you need help.
Faith will assure you of God’s loving direction.
Mildness will bring you calmness of heart, mind, and body.
Self-control means that your mistakes (aka non-compassionate choices) will be fewer.
Please check out this “wise” counsel… it works! YAY!
Please Try it! & see for yourself:
“And you should continue to be made new in your dominant mental attitude, and should put on the new personality […] Therefore, now that you have put away deceit, each one of you speak truth with his neighbor, because we are members belonging to one another. […]do not let the sun set while you are still angry…[…] Let a rotten word not come out of your mouth, but only what is good for building up as the need may be, to impart what is beneficial to the hearers.“
“Put away from yourselves every kind of malicious bitterness, anger, wrath, screaming, and abusive speech, as well as everything injurious. But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another…[..]” (Ephesians 4:23-32)
Loving, kind, respectful communication creates happy atmosphere: contributing to your own happiness and to everybody around you. Personally, I don’t go there: profanity, vulgarity… my compassion compass brings me in the opposite direction: daily practice/exercise in displaying self-discipline: gentle, compassionate, non-violent living/thinking/speaking… self-control: especially when you’re dealing with angry people. Of course, I’m always working on being less sarcastic and not raising my voice when flustered aka upset.