A person who is Happy, Healthy, Whole and Free has complete health, Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit. When most people hear the word health they automatically think you are talking about the health of their body, and don’t get me wrong your body is a part of who you are, but it isn’t the only part of you that needs to be healthy. In fact sometimes we get so focused on the health of our bodies that we completely neglect the other very important parts. Have you ever heard the saying, “You are what you eat?” I believe this saying is true in the fact that your body will rebuild itself with the nutrition you give it. The same goes for your mind however, you are what you believe you are, and what you choose to feed your mind will define your beliefs.
Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. When a person is happy it is a result of their state of mind and orientation of their heart.
Having a healthy mind starts with getting our nutrition from a good source. There’s all kinds of information out there telling you what you should think about yourself, daring you to compare yourself with every other person on the planet and come up short in one way or another. When reality is you were created to be like you, not like them. The only one who can really tell you who you are and what you should think about yourself in the one who created you, and you are His masterpiece! Understanding how valuable and loved you are is the foundation for building healthy mindsets and beliefs.
Now let’s talk about thoughts. I like to think of them as the toddler:) Thoughts have to be guided and told what to do and where to do it. You can’t space off for too long or else they might go get into trouble. They don’t know any better, they are just thoughts, and we are the ones who get to decide which ones stay and which ones go. When we allow negative thoughts to take up space in our minds it’s toxic to our joy, contentment, confidence and hope.
2 corinthians 10:5 – We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Life is full of choices, more choices than we actually know. We were created to be powerful and make decisions for ourselves, but we also have to be prepared to handle the consequences of those choices. Happy people make the powerful decision to entertain positive thoughts and stay confident in who God is and who He says they are.
5 Tips to keep your mind Happy:
- Ask God to tell you what he thinks about you
- Stop comparing yourself to other people & celebrate their strengths
- become aware of your negative thoughts and actively change their direction
- write down 50 things you love about your body & 50 about your personality
- Surround yourself with positive encouraging people