The Secret to Happiness

I never would have chosen to be a widow.  The adjustment to being alone is huge, earth-shattering.

But you don’t have to be a widow to feel lonely.  A lot of married people are lonely.

Here are 5 simple things that have helped me:

  1. Stay active and involved.  Even when you don’t feel like it.
  2.  Look for ways to reach out to someone less fortunate than you.  Find someplace to volunteer.
  3. Learn to savor the good things in life: music, beauty, meaning.
  4. Lower your expectations.  Recognize that even though life isn’t always fair, it can be good, even if you’re alone.
  5.  Develop a personal relationship with God.  Then you will never truly be alone.

Before you ever find yourself alone, if you learn to savor solitude and recognize the value in quietness, you’ll be a happier person.

I take comfort in God’s promise: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

My prayer for you is that you will find hope for your journey from this verse:  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him . . . (Romans 15:13)

Sharon S.