Sept. 14, 2011 -- Want every day to have that five o'clock on Friday feeling?
Joel Osteen, pastor of the largest megachurch in the United States, tackles how to be happier seven days a week in his new book, "Every Day a Friday."
Osteen's keep-things-simple approach -- preaching about hope, happiness and prosperity -- has drawn millions of people to his televised sermons each week, and filled stadiums around the country.
"Our message is about the goodness of God," Osteen told ABC News. "It seems just that people come alive when they realize God is for me, he's got a plan for my life and I can do something great. I can be who he wants me to be."
From Scripture and life, Osteen shares principles for happiness. "Jesus talked about everyday life, not just doctrine but how do we live, how do we forgive. How do we keep a good attitude when the economy is down," he said.
Read an excerpt from "Every Day a Friday" below, then check out some other books in the "GMA" library.
Make Every Day a Friday
John was ninety two years old and blind, but he was just as sharp as could be when his wife, Eleanor, went to the Lord. He didn't feel he should live alone, so John decided to move into a nice seniors' home. On the morning of the move, he was up and fully dressed by 8:00 a.m. As always, the elderly gentleman looked impeccable, with his hair perfectly combed and his face neatly shaven.
A cab picked him up and took him to the seniors' home. John arrived early, as was his habit, and waited more than an hour before a young aide, Miranda, came to show him to his new room. As John maneuvered his walker through the hallways, Miranda described his room in great detail. She said sunlight came in through a big window, and there was a comfortable couch, and a nice desk area.
Right in the middle of her description, John interrupted her and said, "I love it. I love it. I love it."
Miranda laughed and said, "Sir, we're not there yet. You haven't seen it. Hold on just a minute, and I'll show it to you."
John said, "No, you don't have to show it to me. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged. It depends on how my mind is arranged. Happiness is something you decide ahead of time."
As wise old John understood, happiness is a choice. When you wake up in the morning Happiness is a choice. you can choose what kind of day you want to have. You can choose to be in a good mood, or you can choose to be in a bad mood.
My purpose in writing this book is to help you arrange your mind so that you choose happiness each and every day. Whatever challenges you may face, whatever circumstances are weighing you down, you can choose your response. How you live your life is totally up to you. It's not depen¬dent on your circumstances. It's dependent on your choices. Abraham Lincoln said, "Most people are as happy as they've decided to be."
Honest Abe would have enjoyed a recent study that found happiness increases 10 percent on Fridays. Why is that? People are excited about the coming weekend, so they decide to be happier. They make up their minds on Fridays to enjoy their lives more.
I challenge you to let every day be a Friday. Give yourself permission to be happy every day. Not just on the weekends. Not just when you have a special event. Not just when you're on vacation.
If you have the right mind set, you can be just as happy on Monday as you are on Friday. The Scripture doesn't say, "Friday is the day the Lord has made." It says, "This is the day the Lord has made" (Psalm 118:24 nkjv; emphasis added).
This means Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and every other day of the week. You can be happy even when it's raining, when you have to work late, or when you have to do the dishes.
Why don't you make up your mind to be happy every day? You've heard the saying "TGIF. Thank God it's Friday." For you and me it also should be, "TGIM. Thank God it's Monday."
"TGIW. Thank God it's Wednesday."
"TGIS. Thank God it's Sunday."
Another study said there are more heart attacks on Monday than on any other day. So many people just decide that Monday is a stressed out day. They suffer the Monday morning blues.
When you wake up on Monday morning, don't accept those negative thoughts that come knocking on your door, saying, It will be a hard day and a long week. Traffic will be bad. I have so much work to do. I just need to make it through the Monday morning blues. Don't buy into those thoughts.
Instead, say, "Thanks, but no thanks. I've already answered the door and almighty God, the Creator of the universe, has sent me a hand deliv¬ery of joy. I know this will be a great day!"
Decide that for you, there are no Monday morning blues. Instead, choose the Monday morning dos by saying, "I do have a smile. I do have joy. I do have God's favor. I do have victory."
Yes, I know some days are more difficult than others. But if you pro¬gram your mind in a positive way, you won't have to drag through certain days just hoping to get to Friday so you can finally enjoy life.
Faith is always in the present. Your attitude should be: I'm excited to be alive at this moment. I'm excited to be breathing today. I'm excited about my family, my health, and my opportunities. I have plenty of reasons to be happy right now.
Happiness Is Your right
According to the authors of the Declaration of Independence, our Creator gave each of us the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Even the British prime minister David Cameron recognized this recently when he proposed polling all residents each year to measure their GWB— General Well Being.
"Well being can't be measured by money or traded in markets," he said in an interview. "It's about the beauty of our surroundings, the quality of our culture, and, above all, the strength of our relationships."
A researcher in Australia found that life goals and choices have as much or more impact on happiness than our body chemistry or genetic makeup. Another study found that half of our happiness is determined by factors other than biology. Ten percent is connected to "life circumstances" and the other 40 percent is dependent on our life decisions.
It is your choice to be happy. Make up your mind to enjoy this day, to have a blessed, prosperous, victorious year. You may have some setbacks and your circumstances may change, but don't let that change your mind. Keep it set on happiness.
It's not what happens to you or what you have or don't have that is important; it's how your mind is arranged and the choices you make. When our daughter, Alexandra, was just a little baby and I'd get her out of her crib in the morning, she'd be so excited to hear me coming, she'd start jumping up and down. She'd give me a great big, full body hug with her arms and legs, then a big kiss.
Why was she so excited? She was just happy for the dawning of a new day. Alexandra was excited to be alive to have another day to enjoy. That's the excitement God has placed inside every one of us. We should never forget how to celebrate each day. But so often as we get older, we let the challenges of life push us down and sadden our spirits.
We have to realize every day is a gift from God. Once this day is gone, we can never retrieve it. If we make the We have to realize every day is a mistake of being negative, discouraged, gift from God. grumpy, or sour, we've wasted the day.
Some people squander year after year, being unhappy because somebody is not treating them right, or because they are not getting their way, or because their plans are not working out as quickly as they would like. I've made up my mind to not waste any more days. I'm celebrating each as a gift from God.