Anticipating happiness can make you happy NOW!

Positive expectation
Leads to
Joyful anticipation.
What are you
Hopeful about?

To expect disappointment
Is to be disappointed
Before anything disappointing

Looking ahead
With dread
Or anxiety
Is worry.
I call
Looking ahead
With hope

If you hesitate
To anticipate
Good things,
You”ll miss out
On the joy
Of hope.

Your thoughts aren’t hidden. They show in your face, your attitude, your words, and your behaviors.

To neglect to anticipate anything positive and exciting makes the future look boring. Anticipating happiness and joy makes you happy and joyful now.

Every human heart contains both good and evil. For a happy life, we need to struggle to activate the one and overcome the other. Any society that continually trains people to deactivate their conscience will eventually collapse into chaos.

When your thoughts start going in a bad direction, interrupt them before they bog you down. The thoughts that you often repeat in your mind active your emotions. Changing your thinking will gradually change how you feel.

Your mind follows what you feed it. Your emotions follow the evaluations your mind makes. Desires, when obeyed, grow stronger. When consistently resisted they weaken.

When I anticipate good reactions from people, I behave differently toward them than if I anticipate bad reactions. When I anticipate kindness and goodwill, people are almost always nice to me.

Humans are built to connect with each other, heart-to-heart, with kindness and compassion. The lack of such connection creates much loneliness and despair. Our imaginings and assumptions about other people often cause us more pain than reality.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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