• Nick Henderson

3 reasons you're not happy

"If you don't like something, change it; If you can't change it, change the way you think about it." - Mary Engelbreit

The past few weeks, the focus of this blog has been establishing the importance of having an attitude of gratitude. Pushing forward the fact that happiness is primarily about perspective.

Overall satisfaction and contentment do not come from our circumstances, but from how we see those circumstances. Meaning that we are in full control of our happiness.

So, the question is: Have you applied this insight in your own life? Have you done the gratitude challenge or another exercise that would help you cultivate a positive mindset?

There is power in perspective. You just have to access it. There is a solution to your sour outlook and it's already at your disposal.

Even with that said, there are some who don't realize or apply this truth. Those who live a life of discontentment and dissatisfaction as a result of an improper perspective.

There are real reasons that our mindset can be ruined. And misery may creep into our lives as a result. Here are a few:

1. We spend too much time on social media. I enjoy social media as much as the next person, but it's a dangerous activity if left unregulated. After awhile, we start to compare our reality to someone else's highlight reel.

Doing this results in feelings of envy, frustration, and discontentment. None of these are ingredients to a happy life. Comparison is the killer of joy.

Limit your time on social media. Pick up a productive hobby to fill that time instead.

2. We don't have a consistent quiet time each day. From a Christian perspective, this is obviously a key point. This is a time to read the Word, pray, and ponder on what you're grateful for.

But, even if you disregard the religious component, we all still need a daily pause to prioritize and reflect.

It can be when you first wake up, in the middle of the day, or late at night - the time does not matter.

What does matter is that every day of your life includes a time of peace, quiet, and reflection. If not, life will always feel hectic, crazy, and stressful.

3. We don't pursue big enough purposes. As Christians, God has given us the task to put a fat dent in this planet for His glory. We get to change the world by loving people and sharing the Gospel. That's awesome!

Except, that the majority of believers settle for mere survival and petty purpose. That's weak sauce.

Christ has called us to massive impact, don't settle for a mediocre life. This leads to dissatisfaction and unhappiness.

Pursue big things. Be the best at something. Step outside of your comfort zone and into the "where Christ has called me too" zone. That will lead to true satisfaction.

Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list. But those are three big reasons why people are not happy. Get those fixed and watch God change your perspective for the better!

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