Today’s To-Do: #1 Be Happy

Today’s News & Culture update:

1. Practicing forgiveness, gratitude, and daily prayer go a long way toward promoting your health, not to mention someone else’s well-being. Check out 8 Ways to Be Happier.

2. If you’re thinking about the young people in your life, gratitude among teens (surprise!) also translates into more happiness: Gratitude in Teens Linked with being Happier

3. Letting go of resentment and anger might be a first step in expressing more happiness in your day. The up side of joy is letting go of The Down Side of Resentment.

“Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to
share it.” –Mary Baker Eddy


  1. Sharla Allard says

    Your blog on the value of being happy reminded me there’s nothing like the power of a word. I find encouraging words printed on stationary, and like to keep them on top of my calendar on the coffee table. Currently I have three colorful cards from the Paper Source whose covers say “BE HAPPY,” “Thank you very much,” and one in neon orange and yellow that fairly shouts “SWEET.” Amazing what these reminders can do–they just kind of eat their way into your day.

  2. Virginia McCullough says

    Just the words Be Happy were a good reminder this morning — it helped put things in perspective and keep it simple. And as Sue says; it’s all based on God. I did have a good day with evidence of grace and peace.

    • Ingrid Peschke says

      That’s great! Seems to me we each have a choice each day to either side with joy (and defend it) or let our emotions swing with the day’s events. Siding with joy is equivalent to keeping our thoughts and actions aligned with God, good. It’s a health-affirming way to go about our day. Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    I find that taking these ideas a step further/deeper by starting with a motive to understand and feel the sense of joy, gratitude, and freedom that come to us, and through us, from the love of God gives a deeper and more long-lasting sense of peace and satisfaction.

    Starting with God gives an unlimited basis for progress in relationships, contentment, supply, and health.