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3 Ways to Build a Happy Life

By Mormon.org
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Everyone wants to be happy. It’s why we work so hard and play so hard. It’s what we cling to when times are good and long for when times are tough. It’s the hope of singles, married couples, big families, children, and empty nesters. We all want to be happy.

Thankfully, God’s plan is for His children to achieve happiness. The scriptures teach, “Men are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25). Here are three ideas to keep in mind when building your own happy life.

Simplify

The world will try to tell you that happiness can be bought or scheduled, but don’t take that advice at face value. “Stuff” does not bring lasting happiness. And too many activities often lead to anxiety and stress. Elder Dallin H. Oaks taught the principle of good, better, and best when determining where to invest our valuable resources of time and money. He said: “As we consider various choices, we should remember that it is not enough that something is good. Other choices are better, and still others are best.” So think about where you spend your effort and resources. Do your choices lead to lasting happiness? Happiness can be found by living simply and letting the rest go.

Say Thanks

King Benjamin, a prophet in the Book of Mormon, taught that we can never show too much gratitude for our blessings because God is continually blessing us (see Mosiah 2:20–24). When we take time to recognize and acknowledge our blessings, we cultivate a happy heart. Look around you, count your blessings, and tell someone thank you. Offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God, express your gratitude to a family member, or offer appreciation to someone in your community. The more you see the good in your life, the happier you will be.

Serve Others

When President Gordon B. Hinckley was a young man serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England, he became discouraged. When his father learned of his struggles, his instruction to his son was simple: “Forget yourself and go to work.” Watch as President Hinckley shares his experience.

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