A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.                                                                                                                                         Proverbs 15:30

I’m not sure if we are born with cheerful spirits, or if we just pick them up as we go along. Having a positive spirit is a good thing, but they don’t seem to all be disbursed equally. As the holidays start to pick up momentum, the people around us will either skip along in cheerfulness, or start falling off into that pit of negativity. Whether we are born naturally bubbly or just acquire that glow along the way, we owe it to ourselves and those around us to be joyful people. We receive no benefit from being miserable or a source of negative energy to others. This is a season of happiness and giving. We should each embrace that, at work, home, and in any other places that we venture to. Spreading cheer is a way to start healing ourselves, from the inside out. None of our lives are perfect, and we have some days that we wish we could skip, but happiness is always a great choice.

This week, let’s each contribute something to this great season. Let’s be a part of the cheerfulness. Rather than just bystanders. Commit to offering smiles, encouragement, help, and anything positive that we can to those that we cross paths with. Happiness is a result of working towards being happy. It is our time to put in work.

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance, but by our disposition.”

                                                                                                                                    Martha Washington


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