Feeling unhappy ?
Comparisons will make you discontent. Comparing yourself to others can make you feel like a failure; unworthy, incomplete, empty, worthless, jealous, restless and ungrateful.
The problem is, we live in a culture where advertisers are constantly giving us perfect images to compare ourselves with: people with perfect bodies, hair, homes and cars and spouses and children, and they give us the illusion that this perfection is somehow possible.
Here's what to do: When you feel discontent, get out your calculator and start counting your blessings.
1) If you feel unhappy because you haven't advanced in your job as fast as you'd hoped, imagine how you'd feel if you lived in a country or a time when advancement wasn't possible. Imagine being an "untouchable" in India, sentenced to generation after generation of poverty with no chance of escape.
2) Remember all the times you have experienced God’s grace and mercy.
2) Read You are Too Blessed to Be Stressed by Jewel Diamond Taylor
3) Your words have power to create. Your spoken word vibrates throughout God's universe and returns to you in like experiences. Say repeatedly…”I am enough. I have enough.”
4) Read Paul’s letter from a jail cell in the Bible …
“I have learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” (The Message Bible, Philippians 4:10-14)
5) Laughing is like internal jogging. A sense of humor is healthy because it increases your levels of endorphins. Endorphins are your body's natural painkillers. They are stress hormones. Laughter is nature's prescription with no side effects.
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." --Melody Beattie
"Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. The more we seek gratitude, the more reason the angels will give us for gratitude and joy to exist in our lives." --Terry Lynn Taylor
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