When you wake up in the morning, what thoughts roam through your mind? Are you filled with a pessimistic outlook that provokes anxiety, doubt, or sadness? Or do you arise with a lively, ready-to-start-the-day attitude, trusting in the Lord?

Typically, the way you start your day greatly determines the quality of the rest of it. An optimistic view does wonders for your soul and for those around you; a negative attitude creates further unhappiness. Your approach to daily life either works for you or against you — and it’s a decision God allows you to make for yourself.

"This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24 (NLT)

Here are a few joy-stealers that can quickly rob you of a glad heart and a positive outlook.

How do you switch off these joy-stealers and turn on a positive attitude? Here are some ways to help you reclaim your joy in the Lord and your cheerfulness of heart.

1. Confess Sin

This allows you to experience the forgiveness of your sins and permits refreshing times with God to flow again (Acts 3:19). Confession is a vital part of dealing with a complaining or critical spirit and any other known sin.

2. Cultivate Gladness

Be happy when God blesses others and rejoice with them (Romans 12:15-16). Be willing to give others a helping hand.

3. Confidence in God

Don’t allow the enemy to bring you down when God is lifting you to higher ground. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1-2). Be diligent to start your day with him, having a positive mindset and gladness in your heart.

4. Cut Back

Trim back on commitments that you don't feel God is asking you to make. Delight yourself in the Lord (Psalm 37:4) and ask him to make known what matters most. Be mindful that the joy of the Lord is within you (Psalm 28:7), not in people, places, position, or achievements.

5. Consider Seeking Help

God’s desire is for you to be whole in body, mind, soul, and spirit (Psalm 31:7). If your spirit is crushed, it may be wise to seek professional help so you can be healed and gladly proceed forward in life.

6. Change Your Thinking, Count Your Blessings, Continuously Pray

Cultivating a positive mindset and thankful heart and praying throughout the day will allow you to rejoice and be glad in it (Philippians 4:6-9).

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