Joy is supernatural strength - from God. It enables you to make it thru to your victory, with less stalling.
We all have different personalities; some more serious than others. But we can still learn to laugh more! I read that the average child laughs over 200 times a day. The average adult only laughs up to 4 times a day. With the joy of the Lord being our strength (Nehemiah 8:10), shouldn't we cultivate it more? Making the decision to just be happy, is a good start - and praying for Gods help with that when it gets difficult to do so. There is always something to be thankful for.
Praise Him! ☺ Hey, we cannot be mad and glad at the same time, right? Let's change what we focus on.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
I personally feel that having an attitude of joy is more attractive when introducing and eveing represeting God to others. I dont mean the fake stuff; just having a peace within, that what you preach about to others, you really do believe yourself...and it should show. Again, choice comes in here; we all get tested, but we can choose to stand on the peace of God....and receive His joy. Its actually necessary thru trials.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says,
Rejoice always, pray continually,
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
If we try that for just ONE day. And actually stick with it, focus on it....and DO it - each part - we're guaranteed to feel a shift! Rejoice::pray::thank HIM! For a whole day. God inhabits the praises of His people. So let's try it! To begin a new change in our lives.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Nehemiah 8:10 (NLT)
And Nehemiah continued, "Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!"
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.