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In my prayer time this morning I felt I needed to make a personal audio recording just for you. It’s quick but you’ll find long-lasting relief. Peace is about to brighten your cloudy sky! Save it. Share it. Enjoy and be encouraged. – Dr. Linda

Staying happy all day long can be challenging especially when crap hits the fan. If your morning doesn’t start off with a happy-bang you’ll find it hard to make a comeback later in the day when things go wrong. And I guarantee you – something will go wrong. Find out how to start your day in happy-mode and stay there all day with these quick happiness starters.

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Zig Ziglar once joked with his audience that he wakes up in the morning and reads his Bible then he reads the local paper so that he knows what both sides are up to. Love that! What about you?

  • What do you pour into your mind first thing in the morning?
  • Do the first few minutes of your day set the foundation for a happy day?

If you want to guarantee you’ll stay in happy-mode all day long, here’s what you can do:

Make a list of a few quick things you could do in just a few minutes that flood your mind with joy producing thoughts. (Little hint, don’t be so quick to turn on your TV for the morning news or hit up Twitter or any other social media outlet.)

Make the FIRST thing your HAPPY THING.

Here’s what I do. The minute I wake up and my feet hit the floor, I’m thanking God that I’m alive, strong, healthy, and happy. In fact, one of the first things that comes out of my mouth is, “Thank you Jesus”. Just starting my day off thankful and acknowledging that I am what I am and I have what I have because of what Jesus gave me – puts everything into perspective.

Then I walk downstairs, make my pre-workout drink, gulp it down, get fresh cold water in my bottle, and head back upstairs… and as I do, I’m intentionally thinking about what I’m grateful for.

I spy things on the counter and say, God, thanks for those coffee beans! I see something in the living room like my daughter’s backpack and I thank God that Tiffany is an amazing young lady. I trip over my sons size 14 basketball shoes and it triggers thoughts like “God, thank you that Tyler is healthy and able to play ball.” Now, before you think I’m ALL heavenly minded, know this…

There have been days when I’d instead be like

Are you kidding! Why did that boy leave his basketball shoes in the middle of the floor for me to fall over?! Wait till I get my hands on him!!!

Thankfully, I’ve learned that an automatic response like THAT sets me up to be angry and mad and guess what? Unhappy. So I’ve learned to find the positive even in something that could tick me off.

When I get back to my bedroom, as I’m getting my workout clothes on, I’m talking. Out loud. Thanking God for everything I can think of at that moment. Caring nothing about who hears me. Usually everyone else is still asleep, BUT if one of my kids hear me…great! Because they’re learning how to set up their day in happy-mode!

I love that old Folger’s commercial… “the best part about waking up is Folders in your cup.” Let’s change that up and make this our morning motto: “THE best part about waking up is happy in your cup!” 

So here’s a few happiness starters to get you thinking about positive and joy producing things that will help you stay in happy-mode all day:

  1. What could I be telling myself the instant I wake up that is good?
  2. What could I thank God for the moment my feet hit the floor?
  3. What could I look forward to today?
  4. What scripture or promise of God could I think about that will fill me with hope?

You could jot these 4 happy starters down on a piece of paper and put them on your nightstand so you see them when you wake up. Or maybe tape them to your bathroom mirror – since I’m thinking you’ll be in that room before you go anywhere else. 

One last question for you: Do you believe God wants you to launch each day in a happy way? Then take a cue from Matthew 6:33…

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.

THAT is how you kick off your day in happy-mode, no matter what!

PS – I’ve been developing something you may find helpful in your quest to live happy. It’s called Happy Academy. Do you want to know when it’s ready? Just pop one of the buttons below and you’ll be one of the first to hear about it when it rolls out.

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You want to feel terrific about yourself, so what’s stopping you?

Yes, I know you want feelings of warmth to surge within when you’re thinking about who you are and what you can offer to others, right? Yet, when you’re looking in the mirror or thinking about who you are at your core…you may feel yuck washing all over you.

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Feelings of self-disdain.
Feelings of self-sabatouge.

What gives?

You know you’re not all that bad.
Yet, deep down, you feel less than.

You feel less than average.
You feel less than normal.
You feel less than you know you could be.

Wouldn’t you love to feel terrific about yourself?

Feeling like you are good.
Feeling like you have something to contribute to the world around you.
Feeling like you have a special purpose?

Yes…feeling terrific about who you ARE.

But you’ll never feel terrific about yourself if you’re carrying this…

Baggage.

What kind? Lugging around resentment toward another person.

You can’t feel terrific about yourself if you feel poorly toward others.

Lugging around unforgiving attitudes toward your mom, your dad, your coworker, your best friend. Your professor, your pastor, your spouse, your boss….

Does lugging emotional baggage really drag you down THAT much?

Yes. So much that it will pull down the feelings you have about yourself.

Again, you can’t feel terrific about yourself if you feel poorly toward others. 

So, how do you go about reversing those poor feelings – especially when some people are idiots, they’ve treated you like yesterday’s trash, and you hurt so deeply from the wounds?

You have ONE choice.

Become a perpetual forgiveness machine.

Like a machine – you crank out forgiveness each time someone inflicts pain into your life.
Like a machine – you return unconditional love for a back stabbing.
Like a machine – your responses soon become automattic.

Put your perpetual forgiving machine in place each morning and at the end of each day.

When you wake up and when you go to bed – run through your day and note who gave you grief, who spoke to you wrong, who betrayed you, who mistreated you…

Yes, you have permission to make a list.
List who did it, and list what they did.
Got it?
1.  List who.
2.  List what.

Then see yourself writing those items down on a piece of paper.

Now visualize yourself feeding that paper into your “perpetual forgiving machine” like feeding paper into a paper shredder. Turn it on, let the machine eat it up.

Last step is this – say a prayer for the people who were on your list. Ask God to help them, bless them, and grow them.

As you do, you are emptying the forgiving machine like you’d empty shredded paper out of the paper shredder. You will feel a washing away of hard feelings and little by little love will return.

Guess what else will?
Feeling terrific about yourself.

How?

Because when you extend forgiveness to people who don’t deserve it – you feel pretty terrific. And you’ll realize you are amazing. You are incredibly forgiving and you treat people who don’t deserve it with love and respect.

And as you do – you’ll start forgiving yourself… you’ll start loving and respecting who you are even though you don’t deserve it.

And yep, at this point you’re feeling pretty darn terrific about yourself!

Win win.

So everyday – go to your shredder… Your perpetual forgiveness machine.

Remember the steps:
List who.
List what.
Pray for them.

Do it as often as needed, even through out your day when you get hit with a hurt.

Forgiveness is more about freeing you from pain than it is about freeing the person who did you wrong….

…and freeing you to feel terrific about yourself!

Do it for you. Do it for them. But mostly – do it for you!

Scriptures to power up your machine:

2 Cor 2:5b: Now is the time to forgive this man and help him back on his feet. If all you do is pour on the guilt, you could very well drown him in it. My counsel now is to pour on the love. (The Message)

1 Cor 13:8b
So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. (The Message)

Now…go turn on your “perpetual forgiving machine” and start shredding baby!

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If you’ve ever remodeled your house while you’re still trying to live there, you know how crazy it is…

– walking by things that are out of order
– dodging ladders standing in the living room
– tripping over paint cans in the hallway
– unable to use the bathroom because the toilet’s been ripped out to make room for a new one…
– searching for something you swore you saw but now it’s gone?! Help!!!

Ahh, the pains and JOYS of remodeling. You have to put up with the chaos until the work is done.

Well, that’s what we’re doing to make our site more enjoyable for you – so yesterday and all last week, you had to put up with a little of that, my apologies. BUT…when the site is fully ready…it’s gonna sizzle and you’re going to LOVE it!

You’ll enjoy a new multimedia experience, easier access to the things that are important to you, such as videos, podcast episodes, helpful tools, audios, and articles that will infuse you with hope, and help you be more and do more.

There will be some new surprises like live webinars, (oops, not much of a surprise now, huh?) full width sliders, easier navigation, animated content boxes, full page training videos… in a beautiful new home you and I will be able to connect in.

I’m so excited!!! I’ll be emailing you soon, if you’re one of my subscribers, to let you know when it’s done. Then you can come over and enjoy the new place. Till then, you can still visit, you’ll just have to excuse the crazy “text” and “objects” that don’t make much sense, kind of like the ladders and paint cans that are in the middle of the floor.

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I can’t wait till it’s done so you can receive more valuable information that will help YOU create the life and faith YOU love!

Dr. Linda Travelute

Your Hope-Dealer