Today is Day 22 of Happiness Month and it will be continuing all month long. This all started at the Secret Society of Happy People and if you want to pop over there and become an Amused Member, you can get a Free 31 Types of Happiness poster. As you can tell by my daily #HappinessHappens tweets and Facebook posts, I’ve been a member for a long, long time!
Today, to add happiness to your life: Peace! Life is a constant stream of drama and stress threatening to play havok with your happiness, so to be happier, remember to take time to be peaceful.
The word “peace” is a noun, and it means:
- Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility
Over the last 22 days we’ve been going over ways to increase the happiness in your life every day … and then applying that day’s topic to marriage and to marriages struggling with an affair specifically. Today’s topic–Peace–is a huge one. How often have you come home and been immediately met at the door with a spouse that’s wants to fight? How often has the tranquility of your home been disturbed by loud disagreements? Have you made your home something that your spouse would consider a haven from the outside pressures of work and “the world”? Or is your home filled with discord, lack of harmony, and more stress? If your home has NOT been a peaceful haven–what can you do today to start to make it the one place where your spouse can come and get relief, destress, and feel safe? Philippians 4:6-7 tells us the way to peace: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The stress of infidelity on a marriage is ENORMOUS. Just on a personal level it can bring people to the brink of what they can bear and stay sane! The strain on the family is just as great, disturbing every routine. But your spouse’s choice to be unfaithful does not have to disrupt the peace. There are six things you can do to bring the peace back, even while your spouse is having an affair:
- Pray–Philippians 4:6-7
- Serve Christ–Romans 14:17-19
- Love–2 Corinthians 13:11
- Obey–Psalm 119:65
- Trust–Isaiah 12:2
- Have Faith–Romans 5:1
Over the next days, we’ll be going over all 31 ways to Add Happiness Every Day. You know too often I hear young people say “He doesn’t make me happy” or “I wish she would make me happy” but you know what? Happiness is not something that someone else “makes” you feel. You make choices in your life that can affect your happiness….and ultimately you CHOOSE whether to be happy every day or not. You can also choose to do things that would add happiness to your life every single today.