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Zig Ziglar states, “There are times we need a check-up from the neck-up to avoid stinkin’ thinkin’ and hardening of the attitudes.” 1 Wrong thinking generally leads to negative attitudes. Wrong thinking and negative attitudes undeniably affect our health as well as our happiness.

In observing human nature over the years, I have concluded that there are three characteristics that seem to make a difference in those who enjoy a life of good health and true happiness. Remember Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.” Are you living your life to the full?

Let’s do a check-up from the neck-up on three characteristic of a happy, healthy individual:

1. A Proper Self-image

Hey, it’s okay to feel good about who you are. God places a very high value on you! Pride and a proper self-image are very different. Pride is based on your evaluation of yourself. A proper self-image is based on how God evaluates you. It isn’t what you see in the mirror or the talents you have that matter to God. He sees your inherent worth. Trust what God says about you, not what people say—unless, of course, you have a hardening of the attitudes.

Also, if we are living outside of what we know is right, it will damage our self-worth. There is nothing that promotes health and happiness more than being in a right relationship with God.

2. A Positive Attitude

Our attitudes can dictate our health and happiness. If you think you’re a failure, you probably will be. If you think you can’t do something, chances are you can’t. A negative attitude can color everything we do as well as what we see others doing. God has put you together to succeed and live life to the “full.” Don’t settle for less. Live like a King’s kid!

3. Enthusiasm

If we loose our enthusiasm for life we have stopped living. When our goals and dreams are allowed to die, it’s a tragic thing. Look at this: “Now unto Him who is able to do more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power at work within us...” (Ephesians 3:20). Why not go after the “more”? Don’t settle for anything less. Regardless of your age or circumstances, get enthused about life again!

Remember the story of Jesus walking on the water? Peter’s failure usually comes to mind when he stepped out of the boat and began to sink. But what about the other disciples in the boat? They didn’t even try. And Peter did actually walk on water—for a time. No one else can say that.

Right now is a good time to step out of your boat where self-image, attitude, and enthusiasm are making it sink. Stop the stinkin’ thinkin’ and live a healthy, happy life!

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