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Give Me the Simple Life: The Habit of Happiness

Suzanne Simple Living

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In last week’s “Simple Life” feature, we talked about a recent study that found optimistic people live longer, happier lives. Such a good reminder that happiness is not an expendable luxury! It’s a habit of necessity.

Perhaps you think you’ll be happy when you get a newer house, or a better paying job, or the perfect someone with whom to share your life. And you might! But you might not.

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It’s so much better to start making happiness a habit right now. Each new morning when you wake up, you’ve been given a wonderful gift–another day of life.

It starts with the little things. Finding pleasure in enjoying the life you’re living right now–savoring the small moments. Turning the soil in the garden, having coffee with a friend, experimenting with a new cookie recipe, taking the dog for a walk, starting a new project.The habit of happiness, I think, starts in the mind.

Finding joy is just that . . . a search. Simple pleasures are waiting to be enjoyed. Simple pleasures are often overlooked. Simple pleasures are available to all of us, every single day.

God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Madame Day holds classes every morning,
Professor Night lectures each evening.
(Psalm 19:1, The Message)

Today, what is your simple pleasure? Me, it’s the sun rising in our backyard. Takes my breath away!

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