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In Dennis Prager's Happiness Hour podcast he talks about identifying, "Good People."


Why is this important? Because when you surround yourself with good people with good values you are far less likely to find yourself getting into bad habits.

Dennis Prager like Rick Warren believes that your thoughts determine your behavior. 
Being happy actually starts in the mind, with your thinking.

I've summarized his podcast on Identifying Good People, because of the relationship that character and values  have to the greatest speech in history, The Sermon on the Mount- the 8 Beatitudes,: the values that Jesus Christ feels are important.

Summary:
Dennis Prager talks about what attracts you to others.
Dennis states that, "Happiness is a moral virtue not just a state of mind."
Just as we are obligated to brush away bad breath, we are obligated to be happy, says Prager.

You will be happier if you associate with good people.
What draws you to certain people, what attracts you? Ask yourself in scathing honesty in order to get the proper answer. Often the answer will tell you whether this person should be your friend.
People are drawn by charisma, money, fun, looks, brains, etc. but seldom the character of the person. If character is not a draw for you, chances are you will be hurt.
Often what draws people to other people is, "To use them." This can be good or bad.


How can you tell if a person has good character?
Prager says watch how this person treats others. Watch how they treat a waitress for example.
Another way of looking at this is, "How does this person, "Serve others."


What does this person most talk about? Is it negative about others? If so that is not a yellow light that is a red light.


What type of person are you when in the presence of others? Are you serving God?

Matt. 22:37, 39 When a lawyer asked Jesus which commandment was the greatest, He said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all you heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,” and “the second is, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

The bottom line is that if you want to over come hurts, habits and hangups, make your life easier, choose your friends wisely. Choose friends that make you a better person, a Christ like person.

Source: Dennis Prager show iTunes.


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"I am a Surrendered Believer in Jesus Christ with Free Will and I CHOSE Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) in my victory over, “Recreational Chemical Abuse, my weekend, "False Idols."
"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.

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With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

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Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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