All the days of the afflicted are evil; but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.–Proverbs 15:15
We ourselves are often to blame for whether we are are miserable or merry. It all depends upon what we are thinking. J. R. Miller said it well:
We pretty much see just what we are looking for. If our mind has become trained to look for troubles, difficulties, problems, and all gloomy and dreary things–then we shall find just what we seek. On the other hand, it is quite as easy to form the habit of looking always for beauty, for good, for happiness, for gladness–and here too we shall find precisely what we seek.
It has been said that the habit of always seeing the bright side in life, is worth a large income to a man. It makes life a great deal easier.
None of us are naturally drawn to a gloomy person, who everywhere finds something to complain about–but we are all attracted to one who sees some beauty in everything. Joy is a transfiguring quality. Its secret is a glad heart.
whatsoever things are
—of good report,
—think on these things.”