In the Book of Mormon, we learn that: Men are, that they might have Joy. The whole purpose for us to be created is so that we can be happy! There are different sources of happiness. There’s the kind that is dependent on what’s happening around us… Having a bad day at work, someone saying something inconsiderate, wishing we had more material possessions or a different physical appearance. Then there’s the kind that we’re meant to have, and the words of William George Jordan are instructive here:
“Happiness does not always require success, prosperity or attainment. It is often the joy of hopeful struggle, consecration of purpose and energy to some good end. Real happiness ever has its root in unselfishness—its blossom in love of some kind”
Heavenly Father wants us to have peace and contentment. As He blesses us immeasurably, it’s up to each of us to recognize and claim the happiness that is there for us. It doesn’t do us any good if we keep it to ourselves, the way for our joy to blossom is by sharing it.
In D&C 88, it says: 32 …they shall return again to their own place, to enjoy that which they are willing to receive… 33 For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift.
In my studies this week, I’ve been thinking, am I willing to enjoy the blessings Heavenly Father is giving me? If He is blessing me and I still choose to be grumpy and unhappy, I’m not rejoicing in Him OR the gifts He has given me! Sometimes, changing your attitude only requires a mini paradigm shift. As your perspective changes from pessimism to optimism, you will be able to truly recognize how wonderful your life actually is!