5. They’re Active
Not only do happy women use exercise to boost their metabolism, they use it to boost their moods. A recent study conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine revealed that 30 minutes of exercise can bolster feelings, and tackle depression. Instead of binge eating and fretting, happy women use exercise to fight stress. They understand that negative energy can be redirected in a positive way. Romans 8:28 states, “We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him, and accept His invitation to live according to His plan” (The Voice).
6. They Have “Me Time”
God rested after creating the world, and happy women follow His example. They don’t try to be “superwoman” at the expense of their health and sanity. They work hard, but they understand the importance of rest. Too much of anything (working, cooking, cleaning, carpooling, volunteering, and so on) can lead to burnout. Mark 2:27 teaches, “The Sabbath day [a day of rest] was made to help people” (Easy-to-Read Version).
7. They Say No
Josh Billings (a 19th century humorist) once said, “Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly, and not saying no soon enough.” Happy women are able to set boundaries that protect their time and resources. They don’t do things out of guilt, and they know when (and how) to say no. Happy women also accept that they can’t please everyone. So they focus their energy on pleasing God, and maintaining peace within themselves. In Galatians 1:10, Apostle Paul wrote: “I am not trying to please people. I want to please God” (Contemporary English Version).
8. They Pursue their Dreams
We all have dreams, and happy women go after theirs. They don’t allow their insecurities, naysayers, or challenges to stop them. And though they have fears, they push through them with courage. They view obstacles as an opportunity to be creative, and failure as motivation to try harder. For happy women, a challenging life isn’t a horrible life. It’s more like an adventure. They don’t give up on their dreams when the “going gets tough.” Deuteronomy 31:6 urges, “Be strong and be brave. Don’t be afraid [...] because the Lord your God is with you. He will not fail you or leave you (Easy-to-Read Version).