How Can I Be Happy?

Life can be full of challenges, heartaches, and tough decisions. But even when things don’t turn out the way we expected, we can find happiness. The gospel of Jesus Christ offers hope, healing, and joy.

Choose happiness

We can’t always choose the things that happen to us, but we can choose how we respond. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf taught, “There will always be things to complain about—things that don't seem to go quite right. You can spend your days feeling sad, alone misunderstood, or unwanted. But that isn’t the journey you had hoped for, and it’s not the journey Heavenly Father sent you to take. Remember, you are truly a [child] of God!” ("Your Wonderful Journey Home," Ensign, May 2013, 129.)

We are all children of God, which means that He has a plan for us. Sometimes what we might learn from a difficult experience is that we are able to do hard things, or that our faith is stronger than we imagined. It’s up to us to choose how we react to trials and upsets. It may not always be easy to face challenges with determination and hope for happiness, but the more we do so, the easier it will become.

Look outside yourself

When life is hard, it’s natural to want to turn inward. But it can actually be helpful during difficult times to try to look outward and find ways to serve others. Service can help change your attitude and perspective. It gives us the opportunity to focus on the needs of others instead of thinking only of what we lack. J. M. Barrie put it beautifully when he said, “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves” (A Window in Thrums (1917), 137).

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Imagine if church extended beyond the four walls of a building to inspire us every day. (1:04)

Focus on Jesus

When you’re feeling sad or lost, turn to Jesus Christ. In Him and in His teachings, you’ll find happiness, peace, and healing. As Jesus Himself said: “In me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Jesus knows us and our sorrows perfectly. He lived and died for us so that we can have the hope of also overcoming the world and returning to live with Him again. If we will center our lives on Him and His teachings, we will find true, everlasting joy that transcends any hardships we might face.

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