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Rick Warren is starting a new series on: THE HABITS OF HAPPINESS based on the Book of Philippians.
Rick clarifies, "Happiness is not an accident — it’s a choice (Free Will)." You were meant to live a life free from worry,  shame,  and resentment. But it won’t happen just by chance. In this new series, learn how you can choose to be joyful regardless of what comes your way. Discover the habits you can adopt that will keep you free to choose happiness and joy in your life in this new series that begins September 22.

What does this have to do with addictions, hurts, habits or hangups? Just everything!   Addiction is when desire goes unchecked. People with hurts, habits and hangups are often not happy.

Happy people in Christ, emulate the values and thinking of Jesus Christ.

Rick Warren Sermon Sunday: http://www.saddleback.com/onlinecampus/

Part 8: How to Keep from Stressing Out November 10, 2013
Part 7: Five Daily Habits For Happiness November 2, 2013
Part 6: Remembering To Say Thanks October 27, 2013
Part 5: Happiness Can Be Learned October 20, 2013
Part 4: How To Keep Your Heart Happy October 13, 2013
Part 3: The Humble Path To happiness October 6, 2013
Part 2: How To Be Happy No Matter What September 29, 2013
Part 1: Grow Healthy Relationships September 22, 2013

 

The Habits of Happiness, How To Keep from Stressing Out, Part 3
 
‎Yesterday, ‎June ‎19, ‎2014, ‏‎10:00:00 PMGo to full article
If you want to lower your stress, you have to change what you think about and control what you allow in our mind. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick gives the eight tests from the Bible for whether you should allow something in your mind or not.
 

 

The Habits of Happiness, How To Keep from Stressing Out, Part 2
 
‎Wednesday, ‎June ‎18, ‎2014, ‏‎10:00:00 PMGo to full article
There's no area of your life that God is not interested in. He already knows what you need and how he will provide, but he still wants you to ask him for it. In this message, Pastor Rick teaches how to pray about everything instead of worrying.
 

 

The Habits of Happiness, How To Keep from Stressing Out, Part 1
 
‎Tuesday, ‎June ‎17, ‎2014, ‏‎10:00:00 PMGo to full article
The number one source of stress in your life is not work; it's worry. But God is very clear in the Bible what he thinks about worry. Philippians 4:6 says, "Don't worry about anything." Pastor Rick shares in this broadcast the four reasons you need to let go of your worry.

 

 

 
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Rick Warren and Dennis Prager both parse complexity, to simple statements on life. Why are the links below important? Simply stated, they show the importance of how we think, shapes our behavior.  Our goal as Christians is to emulate Christ like behavior. This starts with our thinking.

What Matters Most?
http://www.prageruniversity.com/r416e0/Life-Studies/What-Matters-Most.html

The Happiness Equation: http://www.prageruniversity.com/r416e0/Life-Studies/The-Happiness-Equation.html

Key to Happiness and Goodness: http://www.prageruniversity.com/r416e0/Life-Studies/Key-to-Happiness-and-Goodness.html

Happiness is a Moral Obligation: http://www.prageruniversity.com/r416e0/Life-Studies/Happiness-is-a-Moral-Obligation.html

The Missing Tile Syndrome: http://www.prageruniversity.com/Life-Studies/The-Missing-Tile-Syndrome.html

 Who is Happy: http://www.dennisprager.com/who-is-happy/

 

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Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.
Every
BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.
Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.
Be careful how you
THINK, your life is shaped by your thoughts.
Proverbs 4:23
In other words, God wants our beliefs turned into
behavior.


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Duck Dynasty: Jase and Missy: Building a Foundation on Christ



It's all about values or lack of them.

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Celebrate Recovery is based on God’s Word, the Bible. When Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, He began by stating eight ways to be happy.

Dr. Stephen Marmer on Sustaining Happiness The only way you can sustain happiness is by earning it. Unearned rewards will be fleeting.

Steven Marmer is UCLA Psychiatrist in private practice.

Dr. Marmer is a regular guest speaker on the Dennis Prager show during Dennis’ Ultimate Issues Hour.

The following are notes I took on this Podcast of 2/28/14.

 

Dennis and Dr. Marmer agree, “Happy People make the world better. Unhappy people do not make the world better.”

(People that don’t deal with their hurts, habits and hangups are not happy people).

 

Happiness is best when it is earned. We earn true happiness, it can’t be given to us through entitlement.

(Consider the same metaphor in Christianity.  Christians Believers are in a sense entitled to be saved but ONLY if they accept through Choice! Believers are saved but can’t be happy until they “Surrender,” their life to Christ. Surrender is a process of obedience and is earned).

2 Corinthians 12:9-10. “My grace is sufficient for you, there is power in weakness.” Surrender is not a weakness but a strength necessary for the ultimate victory.

 

 

Dr. Marmer muses, “How much power do we have to change our lives?”

We can't will to be taller (powerless) but we do have substantial influence in micro decisions etc. We are empowered with free will and choice.

 

Dr. Marmer says if folks need three attributes to be willing to change.

(Willing is ability to choose and make decisions, free will if you will)

 

Courage: to face the negative emotions inside (tendency to be powerless over wrong).

Honest: recognize their role in their misery-self-awareness (don’t deny)

Perseverance: to keep trying to make better decisions

 

Nutshell: Real happiness is earned! (a Relationship with Christ is best earned). (Believe/Surrender)

 

Dr. Marmer says that Happiness is a product of:

  1. Gratitude

  2. Self esteem –self respect

  3. Respect for others

 

Entitlement Happiness rewards the person with no actions to earn the happiness. People end  up envious, jealous, covetous, angry, their character is eroded.

Participation Rewards which frequent our youth today are not earned.  People know deep down inside it is not earned. It teaches them to not really care.

Entitled individuals: lack self-esteem. Granted things by the power of someone else.

 

Happiness is a byproduct of character habits: kindness, goodness, effort, honest, integrity.  Exercising these values bring happiness.

Galatians 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

 

Doing the right thing, should make people happy.

 

You get self-esteem by doing esteemable acts!

 

Summary:

 

Dr. Marmer summarizes his main point in that sustainable happiness comes from a Happy Character. A Happy Character comes from the doing the things that are valuable, that earn you the rewards that you get and relationship that you get or whatever it might be. The inner happiness that you get comes from earning happiness.

It comes from exerting, effort, self-awareness, mostly that means staying away from jealousy, covetousness and envy. Staying away from entitlement that you deserve without having to work for them. Taking great pleasure in gratitude and effort in making others happy!

(Mark 12:31 Love your neighbor as yourself).

 

 

Dr. Marmer makes his point with a very useful analogy of depicting happy (earned) and unhappy (entitled) people: Imagine two lines of people in line for the latest Apple iPhone that costs $600. They run out of iphones; there would not likely be a riot when the supply runs out. On the other hand imagine what would happen if the store was giving out FREE phones. The entitled people would more likely RIOT because they are NOT HAPPY. Bottom line, those that earned or paid for the phone are not likely to riot but those entitled folks that expected the free phones are far more likely to riot because they are not happy.

 

Definitions:

Jealousy: I wish I had the other person's ice cream cone.

Covetous: take the other person ice cream and eat it.

Envy: take the ice cream and destroy it.


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Does God Work to Make us Happy? He does if you love God and love others.......

http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work.html


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10 Keys to Happier Living Based on Self-Acceptance
"Learning to love yourself" might actually be "the greatest love of all."
Published on March 8, 2014 by Christopher Bergland in The Athlete's Way

"A March 2014 survey by psychologists who study happiness has identified “ten keys to happier living” and daily habits that make people genuinely happy. In an unexpected finding, the psychologists at the University of Hertfordshire who performed the survey found that the habit which corresponded most closely with being happy—and satisfied with overall life—is self-acceptance."

Source: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201403/10-keys-happier-living-based-self-acceptance

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This is a good secular article that makes a lot of sense. Another Psychologist said all this and more 2014 years ago. He had a way of making complex issues simple without bloviating.

He simply said the Greatest Commandment is: "Love God and Love your neighbor as you would love yourself."  Mark 12:29-31

Science takes things apart to see how they work. Religion puts things back together to see what they mean.
In my view, the search for God is the search for meaning and acceptance. The discovery of God, is the discovery of meaning and acceptance. God created us to seek Him, to accept ourselves.


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Celebrate Recovery is based on God’s Word, the Bible. When Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, He began by stating eight ways to be happy.

Dr. Stephen Marmer on Sustaining Happiness The only way you can sustain happiness is by earning it. Unearned rewards will be fleeting.

Steven Marmer is UCLA Psychiatrist in private practice.

Dr. Marmer is a regular guest speaker on the Dennis Prager show during Dennis’ Ultimate Issues Hour.

The following are notes I took on this Podcast of 2/28/14.

 

Dennis and Dr. Marmer agree, “Happy People make the world better. Unhappy people do not make the world better.”

(People that don’t deal with their hurts, habits and hangups are not happy people).

 

Happiness is best when it is earned. We earn true happiness, it can’t be given to us through entitlement.

(Consider the same metaphor in Christianity.  Christians Believers are in a sense entitled to be saved but ONLY if they accept through Choice! Believers are saved but can’t be happy until they “Surrender,” their life to Christ. Surrender is a process of obedience and is earned).

2 Corinthians 12:9-10. “My grace is sufficient for you, there is power in weakness.” Surrender is not a weakness but a strength necessary for the ultimate victory.

 

 

Dr. Marmer muses, “How much power do we have to change our lives?”

We can't will to be taller (powerless) but we do have substantial influence in micro decisions etc. We are empowered with freeill and choice.

 

Dr. Marmer says if folks need three attributes to be willing to change.

(Willing is ability to choose and make decisions, free will if you will)

 

Courage: to face the negative emotions inside (tendency to be powerless over wrong).

Honest: recognize their role in their misery-self-awareness (don’t deny)

Perseverance: to keep trying to make better decisions

 

Nutshell: Real happiness is earned! (a Relationship with Christ is best earned). (Believe/Surrender)

 

Dr. Marmer says that Happiness is a product of:

  1. Gratitude

  2. Self esteem –self respect

  3. Respect for others

 

Entitlement Happiness rewards the person with no actions to earn the happiness. People end  up envious, jealous, covetous, angry, their character is eroded.

Participation Rewards which frequent our youth today are not earned.  People know deep down inside it is not earned. It teaches them to not really care.

Entitled individuals: lack self-esteem. Granted things by the power of someone else.

 

Happiness is a byproduct of character habits: kindness, goodness, effort, honest, integrity.  Exercising these values bring happiness.

Galatians 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

 

Doing the right thing, should make people happy.

 

You get self-esteem by doing esteemable acts!

 

Summary:

 

Dr. Marmer summarizes his main point in that sustainable happiness comes from a Happy Character. A Happy Character comes from the doing the things that are valuable, that earn you the rewards that you get and relationship that you get or whatever it might be. The inner happiness that you get comes from earning happiness.

It comes from exerting, effort, self-awareness, mostly that means staying away from jealousy, covetousness and envy. Staying away from entitlement that you deserve without having to work for them. Taking great pleasure in gratitude and effort in making others happy!

(Mark 12:31 Love your neighbor as yourself).

 

 

Dr. Marmer makes his point with a very useful analogy of depicting happy (earned) and unhappy (entitled) people: Imagine two lines of people in line for the latest Apple iPhone that costs $600. They run out of iphones; there would not likely be a riot when the supply runs out. On the other hand imagine what would happen if the store was giving out FREE phones. The entitled people would more likely RIOT because they are NOT HAPPY. Bottom line, those that earned or paid for the phone are not likely to riot but those entitled folks that expected the free phones are far more likely to riot because they are not happy.

 

Definitions:

Jealousy: I wish I had the other person's ice cream cone.

Covetous: take the other person ice cream and eat it.

Envy: take the ice cream and destroy it.

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Happiness in this world is not the goal of the Christian. It is the Joy of The Lord
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  1. I believe that I'm a work-in-progress and that there will always be a gap between who I am and who I want to be.
  2. I believe that every day brings opportunities to learn and to do something meaningful.
  3. I believe that the true test of my character is whether I do the right thing even when it might cost more than I want to pay.
  4. I believe that no matter how I behave some people will be mean-spirited, dishonest, irresponsible and unkind, but that if I fight fire with fire, all I'll end up with is ashes.
  5. I believe that life is full of joys and sorrows and that my happiness will depend on how well I handle each.
  6. I believe that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional, and that if I can control my attitudes I can control my life.
  7. I believe kindness really matters and that snide and sarcastic comments and badly-timed criticisms can cause lasting hurt.
  8. I believe there's joy in gratitude and freedom in forgiveness, but that both require conscientious effort.
  9. I believe that what is fun and pleasurable is not always good for me and that what is good for me is not always fun or pleasurable.
  10. I believe that no one is happy all the time, but that, in the end, I can be as happy as I'm willing to be.
  11. I believe that the surest road to happiness is good relationships.

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The Habits of Happiness

 
‎Pastor Warren says you don't "Find," happiness you create it.............
 
If you want to have healthy relationships, you have to start with an attitude of gratitude. In this message, Pastor Rick walks through the ways you will be far happier and enjoy your relationships more if you will develop the habit of being grateful for the people in your life.
Open attached file05-26-2014_DailyHope_habits-of-happiness_broadcast_grow-healthy-relationships_pt-1.mp3


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You can get the all the sermons here http://rickwarren.org/podcast.xml

These wonderful sermons are replete with Cognitive Behavior themes. Pastor Rick talks about the need to change your THINKING in order to be happy. If you are acting depressed it is because you are feeling depressed. If you are feeling depressed it is because you are thinking depressed.
No matter what you do, God is with you.
Ask what would Jesus do and you will always come up with a humble answer that builds harmony and happiness rather than difficulty, defeat, bitterness, and resentment.
Pay attention to others, not just yourself.
You are as happy as you choose to be.  If others are unhappy with you, that's their choice. Pastor Rick shares in this message how to look at every problem from God's viewpoint so that you never let what other people say or do control your happiness.

Bottom line is Change your thinking and change your life.

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The Bible is the book that contains this template for purpose based motivation, values and tenets for life. (Sermon on the Mount-The Eight Beatitudes). Empower yourself and choose to allow the philosophical values and principles of Jesus Christ to permeate your thinking and change the very essence of your life-forever.

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The Addiction Connection
Broadening our view on what it means to be "addicted"

How Happiness Happens From the Inside-Out

Happiness is not just a decision - it is a practice. Time to start practicing.
 

 

"Congratulations - You just got that job! You just got promoted! You just got married! Your kids got accepted into Harvard! What if I told you that one or all of these things were true? More importantly, what if I told you that none of these things will make you happier?"

Read more: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-addiction-connection/201412/how-happiness-happens-the-inside-out

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We need purpose in life to be happy. We need values to find our purpose.
Christ Driven Behavior is all about the values of Jesus Christ- the Eight Beatitudes. The first step everyone should take when they need to find out who they are, is to look at their values, because living according to your values is what makes you happiest in life. If you start pulling away from your personal values, that is when you become really unhappy and discontent. Your values are the starting place for all your beliefs, actions and behaviors.

Your values may have become obscured during your drinking or drugging or compulsively adhering to hurts habits and hangups. In fact one of the reasons why you became so unhappy during that time is probably because you were living in a way that really didn't correspond with your values or how you wanted to live. Unless you value being helpless, trapped, lacking control, frustrated and sad, then I guess you were not living according to your values at all.  It is important that you get to your true values, because following them and living them is the very foundation of what will make you happy in life.


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How to be happy: Tips for cultivating contentment

Are you tired of waiting around for happiness to find you? Stop waiting and start getting happy with these tips.

By Mayo Clinic Staff
 

Do you know how to be happy? Or are you waiting for happiness to find you?

Despite what the fairy tales depict, happiness doesn't appear by magic. It's not even something that happens to you. It's something you can cultivate.

So, what are you waiting for? Start discovering how to be happy.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/how-to-be-happy/art-20045714


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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 .

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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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