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The Happiness Project

Life is stressful, plain and simple. But looking at life from fresh angles helps us cope with stress. Change and disappointments are natural. Turn challenges and changes into bright opportunities for learning and growth. In other words, pursue happiness.

Happiness is a state of well-being and contentment, a pleasurable or satisfying experience.  You deserve to face Monday with something more than despair. You deserve to feel excited about something more than Friday simply because it’s the end of the work week. You deserve to love your job and ultimately, love your life. Happiness should be a standard that life decisions are measured against, and any decision that undermines your happiness should be regarded as a poor one.

Happiness is a basic necessity. Expect happiness and then figure out how to get it. We all want to be happy. But how, exactly, do you go about it? What brings you satisfaction and joy and engages you so that you live well and work at being your best self? Name these things and resolve to pursue them. Find happiness in a quiet walk, a beautiful view, a favorite movie, or the smell of fresh flowers. Smile about something you’ve never noticed before.

Happiness to us is anything that can bring a smile to someone’s face, especially your own.  Since the dawn of time the human race has sought intensely after the pleasure and lightness that true happiness brings. The quest for true happiness is one that every person will adventure on.

The quest for true happiness is not really a quest at all, but a decision and a choice. So don’t wait another moment. As the late Audrey Hepburn said, “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”

The God Knows Project Team encourages you to launch your own happiness project. Join the conversation on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/godknowsproject

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Do Your Body Good

It’s March. Have you given up on your New Year’s resolution?

It seems as if the majority of resolutions or goals we set at the beginning of the year pertains to our diet and exercise regimen—starting one primarily to lose weight. Every January we declare, “I’m going to do it, I’m finally going to lose the weight and fit into those jeans!” Yet, by March, many of us run out of steam and lose our mojo. Losing weight is a good goal, but diet and exercise is about more than that. It’s about becoming healthy, happy, and whole.

Think about your diet. What are you putting in it? Are you eating to live or do you live to eat? Actually, you can do both. Decrease refined sugar, increase your fruit and veggie intake and munch away. Making juices and smoothies is a great way to fill up, especially at breakfast time.

Also, instead of sweating, celebrate the small stuff. Journal your progress and acknowledge your achievements. The fact that you got off the couch and walked for 15 minutes is indeed an accomplishment. If you feel you aren’t doing enough, simply add 5 minutes to your routine until you build up stamina.

Physical activity has been linked, not only to health, but happiness. Your workout routine and your workout partner is a big part of this. Consider these four questions:

  1. Who and/or what makes your workout more enjoyable?
  2. Do you have emotional support from family and friends?
  3. What’s your favorite aspect of exercise (weight loss, increasing muscle, stress relief)?
  4. Are you noticing positive changes in your mind, body, and/or spirit?

Staying motivated is hard, but don’t give up. You can’t accomplish anything that you give up on. The difference between those who reach their goals and those who don’t is staying motivated. If you’re motivated, you’ll keep going. If you keep going, eventually you’ll reach your goal.

Remember, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Stop Making Excuses

How often do you convince yourself not to pursue a goal or activity because, “I’m too busy,” “I’m not smart enough,” or “I can’t afford it”?

If this sounds like something you would grumble, it’s time to examine your stinkin’ thinkin’ and stop making excuses. According to George Washington Carver, “Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”

Scrutinize your negative thoughts. Imagine what you would say to a friend who offered up the same lame excuses. You would probably tell your friend that they sound ridiculous. The same applies to you. Stop making excuses and start living with purpose and energy.

Successful people do not complain. Instead, they set a goal and focus on the end result.

Here are a few tips to help you stop making excuses:

1. Take responsibility and acknowledge that you alone are responsible for your successes and failures.

2. Laugh out loud at your excuse and then ignore them.

3. Stop rationalizing and adopt Nike’s mottoe of “Just Do It!”

4. Get over yourself. Face it, people have too much on their minds to think about you, so stop thinking everyone is watching you or laughing behind your back. As my beloved grandmother used to say, “Ain’t nobody stuttin’ you. Go on about your business.”

5. Set and/or question your priorities. Stop wasting your time, resources, talents, and energy on things or people that are preventing you from moving forward.

6. Create a vision board. Be as detailed as possible and visualize yourself accomplishing your goals and being successful.

7. Follow Henry Ward Beecher advice and “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself.”

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Clean Your Temple

Although most of us are familiar with the biblical passage 1 Cor. 6:19-20 which states, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body,” how many of you are actually preserving your body for its higher functions with healthful eating, regular exercise and rest and relaxation?

A temple is a place dedicated to worship, includes a divine presence within it, and is a place reserved for a highly valued function. A temple is a structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities, including sacrifice.

Everyone wants to lead a healthy, satisfying, meaningful life. But how do you do it? Making gradual, lifelong changes enables you to reach your current and future health goals. In other words, worship your body by taking care of it. This includes daily hygiene, regular exercise, healthful food choices, and mediation.

Here are a few tips to help you clean your temple:

1. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.

2. Get 7-8 hours of restful sleep.

3. Reduce your caffeine intake.

4. Eat several servings of fruit and vegetables each day.

5. Learn how to focus on your breathing to stay alert.

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Personal Integrity

Dictionary.com defines integrity as “soundness of moral character” or “a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition.” A person who demonstrates integrity says what they mean, means what they say, and does what they say they will do. Unfortunately, in this day in age, many people talk a good game, but their actions do not line up. As Matthew 23:5 states, “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels.”

People lack personal integrity due to fear, lack of standards, and because they are scattered. Many are afraid of being candid and truthful, afraid of being responsible, and afraid of being held accountable. They do not want to hurt others’ feelings, so they agree to do things in order to look good, to look successful if you will, even though their heart isn’t in it.

A person cannot say what they mean if they don’t have standards or know what those standards are. Some individuals have a difficult time saying no and allow themselves to continually be taken advantage of. They often end up over committing themselves and may be viewed as lacking integrity because they are unable to fulfill all of the obligations they agreed to take on. Similarly, a person cannot mean what they say and say what they mean if they are confused or scattered. As former CEO of Ernst & Young Consulting, J.D. Messinger points out, it is imperative that we learn to learn to listen to their heart and agree to only to do things that speak to it.

Here are a few tips to develop your personal integrity:

1. Practice truthfulness and analyze the reasons for not behaving with greater integrity.

2. Face the obstacles that cause you to violate your moral code.

3. Identify the behaviors you want to change.

4. Enlist the help of others.

As novelist John D. MacDonald said, “Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will.”

The God Knows Project Team encourages you to develop personal integrity. Join the conversation on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/godknowsproject

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