Learn The 6 Secrets To A Happier Life
After nearly 75 years Harvard has released its findings to a better life. The lessons to a better life are found in one incredibly in-depth study from Harvard which was conducted from 1938 to 2012. The study followed 268 Harvard undergraduate men from all walks of life and tracked their relationships, intelligence levels, income, and even alcohol consumption.
The results from the analysis was astonishing and published in the book "Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study" by George Vaillant, a Harvard psychiatrist, who took over the study from 1972 to 2004. Vaillant describes the study as the only one of its kind in this Harvard University Press video. He asserts the uniqueness of the study the lives of 268 men was charted as three-dimensional models about the human experience.
The top six factors in producing the happiest lives are well known biblical precepts touted for thousands of years, ancient biblical truths that come with promised results if followed. Here are the secrets revealed by the study to a happy life along with the their biblical Christian affirmations counterparts so you can start practicing each principle.
It should come as no surprise that love is at the top of the list. Love is the number one key to happiness. And it's not just how much you love, but how you let love enter your life.
The Grant Study points to a straightforward conclusion: 'Happiness is love."
The most poignant scripture verse that can be applied a as daily affirmation is this: "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." (1 John 4:8) In other words, we must give love and receive love to know God. If we embody love, we embody God, and if we embody it's logical to conclude that our health, well being, and happiness will increase.
In a 2009 Positive Psychology News article, Dr. Vaillant exposes the very real science that proves strong healthy relationships makes us happier people.
The Bible is replete with verses about relationships, none quite as direct as Hebrews 10:24-25. "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
God's word encourages us to have healthy relationships while becoming positive support for each other. Additionally, having strong loving relationships with others preserves telomere activity which lengthens lifespan. Positively affirming healthy relationships with others may also help live longer.
Another key factor in our relationships is our relationship to our career. Vaillant's analysis indicates that satisfaction, or having a meaningful connection to the type of work you do, is more important than achieving success or monetary gain.
One of the greatest future-based biblical Christian affirmations is tucked away in Ecclesiastes 9:10 "Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might."In other words, you must love what you do and do it with all your might.
In Mark 11:24 Jesus instructs His followers to "pray" as if the end result is already present. Implementing Ecclesiastes 9:10 as future based affirmation could literally propel you into the future outcome you've always wanted.
4. Don't get drunk
Another insight drawn from this magnificent study was a strong correlation between alcohol abuse followed by neurosis, depression, and various types of mental illnesses. The findings also showed vices in general, like drinking too much alcohol and smoking cigarettes, was the greatest contributor of early death in participants.
The Grant Study showed alcoholism to be a very destructive force over marriage and was observed to be the leading cause of divorce among the 268 men. So drinking too much wreaks havoc in our love life and relationships.
Drinking too much alcohol, smoking, and other vices is something the Bible advocates not to do. Here's just three verses addressing about avoiding the adoption of any vice.
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!
Being led astray by a vice can lead to the road of addiction, and addiction destroys lives. So practice affirmations about health and well being, then take action, and keep affirming. Naturally, if you feel that you need help overcoming any vice consult your doctor right away for advice.
5. Get smart
According Grant Study research, your IQ does not contribute to emotional well-being. It was noted that men with IQs between 110 and 115 were generally no more happy than those with IQs above 150.
IQ is not an indicator of happiness, rather it is our intelligence which can bring us more bliss. In 2012 the journal of Psychological Medicine published a study that resulted from testing 6,870 people. The study found that low intelligence was linked to unhappiness since it was closely associated to lower income and declining mental health.
The lesson to learn here is that those who experience hard situations at first are able to change and find happiness. With the right guidance and coping mechanisms a person can turn hard times into true learning experiences.
What does the Bible have to say about Dr. Vaillant's finding on change and happiness? "Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit." Matthew 12:33-35
Notice that in Matthew 12:33-35 Jesus tells listeners that it is up to them either make the tree good or bad. And make the tree, or ourselves, good the fruit we reap will also be good. Fortunately, Godfrey Minot Camille stumbled upon this life principle and reaped its rewards.
So it's up to you to make the change, and it's never to late. Find Bible verses that match with the change you're looking for and apply them in your daily affirmation practice to start seeing the change you want in your life. Just be sure to keep these six principles in mind as craft the perfect affirmation program for yourself.
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