The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord. – Lamentations 3:24-26
One of the great challenges of a daily blog is the “daily” part. So this morning I’m going to simply refer readers to my latest article for AllProDad. When I write for APD, I explore the common themes highlighted in this space, while steering the conversation more specifically toward dads.
The title of this article is “How to Find Happiness,” and it turns out the secret is pretty much the opposite of the message we’re all hammered with day to day in this consumer, “me”-oriented, “entertain me” culture.
Here’s the “set-up,” followed by a link to the entire article. If you haven’t read my work for AllProDad, I’d recommend taking a look. Hook up a dad you know with this resource. AllProDad has turned into one of the biggest/busiest/highest profile sites for fathers on the web. It’s work I’m proud to be a part of.
Do you want to be happy? Do you know how to find happiness? It sounds like a straightforward question, and “Make Me Happy” certainly seems to be the focus of the majority of advertising; but is it even a reasonable or measurable idea? Will that sporty little car you’ve been ogling really make you happy? Would that bigger house in the other neighborhood do the trick? Is that extra drink, those additional rounds of golf, a substantial raise, or a night out with the guys just what you need in order to achieve this elusive goal? What is the secret to happiness?
And while we’re having this conversation, is happiness even a thing? It turns out that this is the real question, and understanding the answer is more important than the house, the BMW, the golf, and the money combined. If we seek happiness over meaning, then we will find neither. If, however, we chose meaning over happiness, then we shall have both.
What is the secret to happiness? Do we know how to find happiness? Here are 5 ideas that will most definitely help you to find out.
Meanwhile, I have some really important editing to get on with. It turns out my latest book has some glaring typos I need to deal with! So you might want to wait about three days before you order your copy of Pilgrim in Progress.
Peace and blessings -DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there's always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.