Proverbs Chapter 15 offers us;
A soft answer turns away wrath – A wise son makes a glad father – The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord – Before honor comes humility.
Proverbs 15: 13 ~ A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
I haven’t always been the most positive guy out there, and for good reason at times. I’ve grown up with, and still go through bouts of ridicule from time to time. Now, I’m probably the most positive person you know…to a fault. I used to hear about being short, fat, quiet, ‘oh you smoke too much’, ‘oh you drink too much’…and now it’s ‘what, you don’t drink at all’ or ‘you go to THAT church’. Now, I am aware of myself and my surroundings. These things used to lead to depression, but now they lead me to thinking “I wonder what’s happening in this person’s life? Why are they acting this way?” We can choose to be happy, we just have to be aware of what is going on around us. The only thing we have total control over is ourselves. It’s very, very hard at times, but it is doable.