God went through the various stages of creation and at each point, stepped back and noted that "it was good." I like to think this was more than a pronouncement of his work. I think it was a sense of satisfaction, happiness if you will. God was pleased with what he had done.
ACT OF CREATING
Creation was a source of happiness. And, since we're created "in His image," I believe we can make a pretty good argument that creating things puts us on the path to happiness as well.
Think about it. We're most happy when life seems to make sense, when all is well with our world. That happens most often when we're engaged in a project, working toward a goal or serving in a meaningful way. What does that mean for you and me?
Next time you're feeling down or sensing there's no real significance to your life, try throwing yourself into a new project. It could be something simple like cleaning out your sock drawer or a bit more lofty like volunteering as a tutor.
We all need to be engaged in something -- writing, painting, organizing, exercising, starting a new business or taking a class. Just watch as new energy and a fresh perspective take over.
EASE VS. HAPPINESS
This isn't easy. Life isn't easy. In fact, we often mistake ease with happiness: If we're kicking back, sipping a tall cool one in the shade, that's happiness, or so we think.
It can be, but usually only if that moment of ease has followed an intense moment of creativity or producivity. In other words, the reward only makes sense after we've put in the work.
We're meant to create, to produce, not sit back and wait for happiness. Try it, and let me know what you think.
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