In an earlier discussion of the 10 Commandments for Happiness, we emphasized the importance of positive attitude towards life. Gratefulness, thanksgiving, generosity are among the elements of a positive attitude.
A passage in 1 Corinthians 15:33 reads as follows in different versions: “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’” (NIV). “Stop being deceived: ‘Wicked friends lead to evil ends’” (ISV). “Don’t let anyone deceive you. Associating with bad people will ruin decent people” (GWT).
Clearly, negativity begets negativity and ultimately chokes any element of happiness.
Jim Rohn wrote: “Be around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have significant influence”. Actually simply having a friend who is positive goes a long way towards your uplift which in turn is a source of happiness.
In a previous blog I recounted how a one hour a week Men’s Bible Study positively influences the whole group for the rest of the week and even beyond.
Make it a priority, if you haven’t already, to surround yourself with positive people. You will truly find happiness and you will also contribute to theirs.