History tells us that Abraham Lincoln had a melancholic personality that often caused him to drift into low mood swings, in his younger years.
Along the way, some significant changes took place and he became a much brighter and more optimistic person.
He once stated that ‘most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be’.
What Lincoln realised was that our attitudes change when we change our choice of thoughts.
This same president was criticised during the civil war for gathering his staff in the evenings and telling jokes, while the nation was in severe crisis. When criticised, he explained that this was how he rejuvenated his soul and kept himself from despair.
His choice to laugh was a source of strength.
Laughter as a strength-builder wasn’t Lincoln’s original idea – it was God’s.
Proverbs 17:22 ‘A cheerful heart is good medicine…’
Happiness is a decision you make, not an emotion you feel.
Don’t let circumstances steal your happiness…be happy now, it’s a choice.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.