Every day we have opportunities to get upset and go around stressed out. Life is full of inconveniences. People don’t always do what they should. Our plans don’t always work out. There is constantly something that can steal our joy – people, traffic, disappointments etc.

If we’re going to live in victory, we need to have the right approach to life.  At the first part of every day, we need to make a decision that no matter what comes against us we are not going to get upset.

No person can make you unhappy. No circumstance can force you to get upset. It’s totally up to you. You are in complete control of how peaceful or how happy you want to live. One of the keys for enjoying life is you have to take responsibility for your happiness.

You can be happy right where you are. You may be in a difficult situation and it may not seem fair but God has armed you with strength for every battle. You can have joy right in the midst of that adversity if you’ll simply have the right approach.

One of the things I’ve learned is that I don’t always have to have my way in order to be happy. My plans don’t have to work out for me to have a good day. I’ve made up my mind that I’m going to enjoy this day even if things don’t go my way.

You need to draw that line in the sand and say something like “That’s it. I’m done with letting people and circumstances always upset me. I refuse to give away my joy anymore. I’m going to live my life happy.”

You’ve got to train yourself to stay in peace. Recognize that you can’t control the traffic or what your neighbor does or how your boss treats you but you can control your approach to life. That’s where the power lies. Not in being able to control all of our circumstances but in being able to control our attitude and rise above those negative circumstances.

Don’t allow other people steal your joy. They may do things that irritate you. Make a decision that you won’t let that get under your skin. Keep a smile on your face and be happy anyway regardless of what other people do to you.

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