Proverbs 15: 13-15 AMP
“A heart full of joy and goodness makes a cheerful face, But when a heart is full of sadness the spirit is crushed. The mind of the intelligent and discerning seeks knowledge and eagerly inquires after it, But the mouth of the stubborn fool feeds on foolishness. All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a glad heart has a continual feast regardless of the circumstances”
Proverbs is one of my favorite books in the Bible because it teaches wisdom, inner peace, your relationship with God and the pursuit to happiness. I try to read Proverbs daily because it gives me the right mindset to have on my best and worst days.
In times when life seems grey and there seems to be no color or joy in it, we have to remember to smile and have a glad heart in any circumstance we’re in because radical gratitude leads to growth and change. How can your situation change or get better when you’re stuck and focused on the negatives? It’s impossible because stubbornness and fixation on the negatives keep you in the same, terrible place mentally and spiritually.
Remembering to smile and having a glad heart also leads to deeper, stronger, long-lasting relationships with others and God. You never know what someone else is going through or what they need in their lives. By just having a positive attitude and a glad heart, you’re healing and nurturing to them in ways you never expected. You’re there for them by simply being a constant positive part of their lives.
In the end, Kirk Franklin said it best, “You look so much better when you smile” 😊.