As you speak joyful words, your entire attitude toward life will be uplifted. Cultivating joy in your life requires a new attitude. Psalm 118:24 exemplifies this new attitude: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Can your attitude be described as one of rejoicing and being glad?
One effective way for you to check your attitude is by listening to yourself answer a very common question, “How are you?” Consider using one of the following words for the next seven days every time someone asks you how you are doing: Great! Fabulous! Excellent! Outstanding! Terrific! Fantastic! Phenomenal! If you will do that for 30 consecutive days you will find the joy in your life has significantly increased. The reason many people respond to “How are you?” in a mediocre manner is because they have formed the habit of answering that way. Start responding with a new positive response and in about 30 days that positive response will become your habit. Eventually you will find yourself always answering in a joyful manner. Just by responding to “How are you?” with a joyful response will allow you to experience noticeable improvements to the level of joy in your life.
Start speaking good things about yourself. Start talking to yourself in a positive manner. Start saying what God’s Word says about you. First thing in the morning when you wake up say audibly and with emphasis something positive about yourself, such as: “I am full of joy today!” “I have the joy of Jesus in me!” “This is going to be a great day!” “I believe something wonderful is going to happen in my life today!” Repeat those phrases two or three times, and your day will start in a positive, joyful manner.
You can break the habit of getting your feelings and emotions solely from your circumstances. Sometimes your feelings and emotions are unstable, sometimes they are unreliable, and in some cases they are simply deceptions you have chosen to believe. The feelings and emotions you experience in your life, whether positive or negative, have been produced in your life by the habits you have formed due to the choices you have made. You can continue to create the way you feel by reacting to your circumstances or you can create the way you feel by responding to your circumstances with positive joyful words.
You must be diligent and consistent to form the habit of speaking positive joy-filled words. The joy in your life is influenced by your words, and your circumstances will line up with your thoughts, words, and actions.
I talk more about the benefits of speaking joyful words in my book, Beyond Positive Thinking: Success and Motivation in the Scriptures. When you order one or more books this week, I will include a FREE Beyond Positive Thinking companion CD with each book purchase as my way of saying “Thanks” for supporting this ministry! Click here to order