Happiness

June 25, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
When I was about 13 years of age, a new family moved into our ward. They had a 12-year-old son. He and I had some things in common. He was the oldest in his family; I was the oldest in my family. He had an alpha male personality; I had an alpha male personality. But perhaps the thing we had most in common was a very strong dislike for one another. I don’t know why—we didn’t even know each other well enough to be enemies. Yet it was true that we did not get along at all.
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February 01, 2020 12:00 PM MST
This story was originally published by LDS Living in November 2016.
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December 20, 2019 01:59 PM MST
When I was a seminary student many years ago, I loved short scripture mastery scriptures, as they were easy to memorize. One still lingers in my mind today: “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25). Back then, this scripture didn’t mean much to me besides being an easy “check off” on my scripture mastery list. Now 30 years later, after disappointments and stress and challenges and heartbreak, this scripture carries more personal meaning. If men and women exist to be joyful and happy, they why do so many seem to be unhappy and depressed? If happiness is the design of our existence, has that design been thwarted?
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By  Emily Abel
June 01, 2019 09:42 AM MDT
After explaining the concept of FOMO (fear of missing out) to my dad, he laughed and said, “Yeah, at my age, I’m pretty much over that.” Then he paused for a minute and said, “Or am I?”
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By  Kim Yadon
February 16, 2019 12:15 PM MST
Health and happiness are something we all desire. Many people claim to have found the solution to lasting health and happiness and are quick to offer answers in a nice package that can conveniently be shipped to our front door. But often the results of these products and programs leave us feeling like something is missing.
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February 01, 2019 05:34 PM MST
Are you trying to be happier and healthier in 2019? Attending church could be a step in the right direction, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.
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January 01, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Losing 140 pounds is no easy feat. Just ask Trent Heppler. Never in a million years did he believe that he would one day shed the weight, let alone run a marathon. But Heppler learned that the power to overcome his physical weaknesses—whatever they may be—comes from a spiritual strength gained through the Savior, Jesus Christ. Growing up overweight and self-conscious, Latter-day Saint Trent Heppler always felt that exercise was just another form of torture invented to make him feel inadequate.
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December 29, 2018 03:00 PM MST
The only piece of jewelry I wear is my wedding ring. Like most people, I wear it on the ring finger of my left hand. That’s what I’m used to. That’s where it belongs. Right?
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October 30, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
A few months ago, I received a strong impression to write on a specific topic. It was a welcome revelation, because as far as my writing has gone, it has seemed that God has had no strong feelings on what I should write. I know He cares about my hobbies and interests, of course, but as I’ve prayed about what to write in recent years, passing ideas by Him or asking for direction, it’s almost been as though His answer has been, “Yeah, that sounds like a good idea. You could do that. Whatever you feel you want to do is fine with me.”
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Fun
September 08, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
We’ve been taught that we all have spiritual gifts. I believe anyone can learn to have a more positive outlook, but I think it’s also possible for people to be born with the gift of being optimistic, of seeing things through a positive lens. Others of us get to develop that gift as we go along.
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August 21, 2018 12:13 PM MDT
When discussing the purpose of life, we often hear the mantra “we are here to be tested,” but how many of us cringe at that thought? So few of us want to feel like a kid again sitting in a classroom taking a test on things we don’t remember, we don’t understand, and we can’t leave until we finish. Comparing life to a test can be a downer and not the inspirational mantra that it should be. But if we look at life as a lesson we learn from over and over again as more things become clear, we can gain the inspiration we need to improve. We didn’t learn algebra before we learned addition. Life can be viewed as a continual learning process, not the end test. It’s more about what we are learning and becoming than about having all the right answers.
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June 27, 2018 09:19 AM MDT
In my current employment responsibilities, I often meet with homeless individuals. Recently, I met with a man who had been homeless for many years. His clothes were tattered and dirty. He carried all of his possessions in a small backpack. We had met to talk about his mental health condition—specifically, any symptoms that might prevent him from working. He told me he had a history of anxiety and depression. While his anxiety symptoms had become more crippling, the depression had surprisingly lessened over time. I asked him why he believed the depression symptoms had decreased. He said, “I’ve been trying to think about all the good things in my life. Each day I get up and think about the good. I’ve found that makes me less depressed.”
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June 22, 2018 12:49 PM MDT
"When you're going through a bad situation, open your mind and see those small and tender mercies because they really are there," Josh Holt says.
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June 06, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
From the day my first child was born I loved and treasured being a mother. I felt great joy in nurturing, teaching, and loving God’s precious children, and I was grateful to be able to stay at home to care for my children.
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June 04, 2018 08:05 AM MDT
Everyone wants to be happy—and for good reason. Happy people earn more money and are more likely to get married and stay married. They also attract more friends, are more productive at work, and even outlive their gloomier counterparts by about nine years.
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May 25, 2018 09:01 AM MDT
Recently, I was reminded of the struggles we all face when trying to complete tasks that seem too great for our abilities. In the musical Dear Evan Hansen, a wonderful song entitled “So Big, So Small” tells the story of a single mother and her feelings of inadequacy about having to raise her son alone. As she reflects on her efforts, she sings, “I knew there would be moments that I’d miss, and I knew there would be space I couldn’t fill, and I knew I’d come up short a billion different ways; and I did, and I do, and I will.”
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Imagine you are trying to drive to a place that you have never been. Fortunately, you have modern technology and a trusty GPS to give you turn-by-turn instructions. You input the address and commence your journey with confidence. A pleasant and familiar voice says, “Turn right in one quarter mile.” Then unexpectedly, a different but also pleasant voice says, “That’s not right. Stay straight in one quarter mile.” As you get closer to the turn, the competing voices speak again. “Right turn in 500 feet,” says the familiar voice. The other voice speaks, “Don’t listen to her. She is running outdated software. You need to go straight. Besides, who is she to tell you what to do?”
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January 19, 2018 09:02 AM MST
Conference Talk:
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By  Kari Monet
January 16, 2018 10:03 PM MST
Have you ever been surprised and frustrated by people whose phones go dead right in the middle of the day? It seems like such a basic thing to plug it in at night. But sometimes finding your charger is just too much at 11 p.m., or maybe you have an older phone that won’t hold a charge. Lucky for us lesser mortals, there’s power save, which rations power by cutting nonessential functions.
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January 16, 2018 10:00 PM MST
We all have difficult, challenging, painful experiences in life. Though never pleasant, these experiences can teach us perspective, love, humility, endurance, patience, and ultimately, how to be more like God.
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September 07, 2017 03:29 PM MDT
What a powerful article from the September 2017 Ensign:
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August 25, 2017 03:24 PM MDT
Even amid the day-to-day struggles of being a mother, there are ways we as members of the Church can find joy always.
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August 02, 2017 01:00 PM MDT
When the Church released the Christmas video "A Savior is Born" in December 2015, LDS teen Annie Weight noticed it repeated the word "rejoice" several times. She was touched by its hopeful message and felt inspired to live a more positive lifestyle. "Throughout the Christmas season and the beginning of the new year, I thought a lot about joy, what it meant to others, and what it meant to me," said Weight. "After a lot of thought, I decided that I wanted to be happier with my life and I decided to start keeping a list of all the things in my life that made me happy."
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July 07, 2017 06:47 PM MDT
I recently came across an opinion that believed that enduring to the end contradicts happiness. This opinion believed that one can’t be happy while enduring; therefore, one must choose, and happiness (the world’s definition of happiness) is the better choice. Sentiments like this one are quite common today. Happiness has been redefined to meet the world’s standards. And according to the world, happiness redefined trumps following the Lord’s commandments.
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June 22, 2017 09:25 AM MDT
Though happiness can sometimes seem elusive, there are a few things we can do to increase our chances of finding—and keeping—happiness. Beloved LDS speaker Hank Smith shares a few of them:
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June 19, 2017 11:00 AM MDT
Life sometimes feels like being in a riptide, those powerful currents that run underneath the ocean. If you're in one and you try to swim directly to shore, the riptide will drag you back out to sea. As you continue to try to make forward progress, it will sap your strength. Many people have died trying to make it to the shore in a riptide. The key to surviving is to swim parallel to the beach until you find a safe area where there is no riptide.
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June 16, 2017 06:18 PM MDT
Sharing the words of Elder Richard G. Scott, Elder Soares said enduring happiness comes from “what you are, not what you have.”
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June 14, 2017 03:27 PM MDT
When I thought of heaven, I visioned a physical location where my true happiness would finally start. It was a place where challenges did not exist, stresses of life were gone, and I would be with amazing family and friends forever.
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May 27, 2017 12:42 PM MDT
At the 2017 RootsTech conference, author Rachel J. Trotter met with New York Times best-selling author Bruce Feiler and learned five key secrets to a happy family.
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March 29, 2017 06:25 PM MDT
In scripture, God tells His saints to “be of good cheer.”
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January 14, 2017 04:04 PM MST
Elder C. Scott Grow offers simple daily advice to those of us seeking eternal happiness in a list of just 10 principles:
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November 26, 2016 03:59 PM MST
It’s no secret that there are some very specific myths in Mormon culture. These can range from our family size (15 kids and counting!) to our vocabulary (“oh, my heck!”), and even to our food (green jello, anyone?). While certainly not all (or even most) Mormons embody these stereotypes, most of us can have a good laugh at them from time to time.
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By  LDS Living
November 09, 2016 02:49 PM MST
"You don't 'find happiness'—you work for it," a recent Facebook post by the Church states. Take just one minute out of your day to feel more happiness, to feel more inspired, and the feel more optimistic today with this sweet message from President Thomas S. Monson!
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November 03, 2016 01:15 PM MDT
As Americans, our "pursuit of happiness" is actually causing extreme anxiety. At least according to British journalist and documentarian Ruth Whippman, who spent years traveling the country researching happiness.
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October 24, 2016 11:28 AM MDT
Happiness ultimately boils down to two essential components—at least according to a Harvard study that took 75 years to complete. But these components are something Church leaders were sharing long before the study was ever published.
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October 05, 2016 04:30 PM MDT
Here are four tips Elder Holland shared to build a happier life now in the September issue of the Ensign. Number four definitely surprised me:
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September 03, 2016 12:00 PM MDT
Here are six simple reminders that might help you find a little more happiness even in trying times.
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August 13, 2016 01:28 PM MDT
What a powerful moment from this article: "There was a time in my life when I complained about every difficulty and thought I had it much tougher than others. Then I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, a disease for which there is no cure, and realized that I did not want to spend the rest of my days being ungrateful for every breath."
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By  Zack Oates
August 12, 2016 12:01 PM MDT
My wife and I recently went to Austin, Texas, to go to a concert with another couple. We got to the venue and saw a line wrapped around the block. After going into an underground lot and practically signing away our first child for permission to park there, we found the venue again and proceeded to walk three blocks to the end of line. After waiting for a while, the women had to use the restroom. Thirty minutes later, they came back with new shoes they had bought (I was confused, but my buddy who has been married a few years longer than me didn’t look surprised at all).
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By  LDS Living
August 11, 2016 01:28 PM MDT
For those of you looking for a short pick-me-up, something to remind you to stand strong and smile even in your struggles, you need to read this message from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
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June 20, 2016 04:59 PM MDT
It seems that millennial dads are more likely than singles to be happy with their careers, with their workplaces, and with their life overall.
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June 18, 2016 02:45 PM MDT
The following has been reposted with permission fromJasonfwright.com.
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June 08, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
The latest scientific research on happiness supports and validates God's plan of happiness. Read on to learn what the three C's of happiness are and how they relate to the gospel.
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April 01, 2016 05:04 PM MDT
Lindsey Stirling recently posted an extremely personal article on how she overcame depression, anorexia, and stigmas against these challenges to find a life filled with happiness and success.
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March 21, 2016 03:58 PM MDT
After suffering from a bipolar disorder so severe she couldn't get out of bed some mornings, Josie Thompson set out on a task, to ask 444 people what motivated them to get out of bed every morning. Her story soon traveled around the world, allowing her to travel to different countries asking people "what brings you joy?"
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March 10, 2016 08:40 PM MST
As members of the Church, it can be hard to remember all of the things we are supposed to do in our callings and with our families. But this one simple truth is easy to remember, "Men are that they might have joy!"
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February 19, 2016 03:46 PM MST
This past September, I had an opportunity to visit my mission in New England. While I was there, I attended stake conference where we had Elder Anthony D. Perkins of the Quorum on the Seventy address us.
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By  Val Hale
February 10, 2016 10:45 PM MST
There has been a lot of discussion in the media recently about which lives matter and why.
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By  LDS Living
January 28, 2016 10:07 PM MST
All of us want happiness for those we love, and we want as little pain for them as possible. As we read the accounts of happiness—and of pain—in the Book of Mormon, our hearts are stirred as we think of our loved ones. Here is a true account of a time of happiness:
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January 24, 2016 10:30 PM MST
Conference Talk: For more information on this topic read "Salvation and Exaltation," by Russell M.Nelson, Ensign, May 2008, 7-10.
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January 10, 2016 10:15 PM MST
We love Al Fox Carraway and her amazing conversion story. Read here for a glimpse of what life was like for her as a young, new convert, and check out her new book More Than the Tattooed Mormon for more.
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November 07, 2015 12:58 PM MST
Singlehood in Mormon culture can be a, well, singular experience. As a young adult approaching her mid-20s in a religion that emphasizes marriage and family (and rightly so), sometimes I feel like I’m in this strange in-between place that people don’t talk about much — that post-graduation, before-marriage limbo where I’m trying to figure out what to do next. Not where I expected to be.
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October 31, 2015 01:15 PM MDT
MR says: Most people would never consider being too happy a curse, but LDS comedian Jenna Kim Jones knows that happiness is not something typical in her profession. She also knows where her source of happiness comes from.
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June 11, 2015 02:50 PM MDT
In a church that believes that the Lord asks that we give our all, it can be a struggle to be happy and to deal with what we perceive to be the pressure.
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May 21, 2015 06:25 PM MDT
If you are happy for other people, you simply get to be happy more often.
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May 04, 2015 06:54 PM MDT
Former Republican presidential candidate and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney shared the secrets to a successful life with Utah Valley University students at the 74th UVU commencement ceremony Thursday night.
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April 28, 2015 06:06 PM MDT
I’d been through breakups before, and they were all hard in their own ways, but none could have prepared me for having my wedding called off just days before. I knew it was the right thing because I wouldn’t have wanted to start my marriage off with doubt or fear, but everyone telling me it was “for the best” drove me crazy. They said, “Better now than in a few years down the road”, and, “You dodged a bullet.” When I disagreed with them they all gave me the most concerned, sad, and all-knowing look that seemed to say that I was naïve, needed time, and would look back in a few years having moved on and laugh. They all couldn’t wait to share their “similar” experiences. I know all of this was said and done out of love and with the best intentions, but all I felt was numb.
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April 20, 2015 03:28 PM MDT
I’ve approached overcoming loneliness a couple of different ways.
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April 07, 2015 04:59 PM MDT
Some of the hardest times in my life really have been the happiest. I’ve attributed this to my personal efforts at the time (and the help of the atonement, which can strengthen us.) My thought process has been that “If I’m trying harder to be happy, I’m doing more productive things that lead to greater happiness, and I’m not letting my happiness be dependent on the more external circumstance of life.”
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