Happiness internal peace

Philippians 4:12-13: “I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him that gives me strength.”

Happiness is an emotion that lives deep in the soul and can be felt at all hours of the day and night. You are the only person who knows whether you are genuinely happy and the only one in control of the feeling. Our emotions are defined by our internal monologue and our internal monologue is running in response to nearly every situation we encounter. When our self-talk is positive despite encountering challenges, we can feel peace of mind. We can feel content. We can experience happiness.

How can we know happiness if we have never known what it feels like to suffer? By experiencing times of hardship, loss or greif we are shaped into a stronger version of ourselves. We learn how to cope and process in the most difficult of times and are able to use our skill set for future challenges. By dealing with difficult obstacles we create a scale of happiness. With suffering being on the opposite side of the spectrum our scale widens with each negative experience. By direct correlation we develop a wider scale of happiness as well. We learn to appreciate a broader range of life's gifts.

Motivation is fuel for the human species. Without motivation there is no driving force behind actions. To live a meaningful life means you have a purpose providing motivation. For me, I find motivation in my relationships - my husband, friends, family and relationship with God. I want to use my intellect and abilities to serve my community and offer love and support to those I care about.

Many people define success by possessions or wealth. While money can be a helpful aspect of life, it is not a key component of success. Everyone has different goals and forward progression towards a goal is key. A person who wants to travel the world is successful every time they arrive at a new destination. A person who seeks Jesus as their savior is successful every time they open their Bible. My current goal is to be accepted into a nursing program. When I reach this goal I will have reached a moment of success and proceed to create another goal. Success is self defined, self achieved and an ongoing.

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Ashley Johnson

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