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I really struggle with being happy, so I was excited to be able to review Talk Yourself Happy by Kristi Watts. It’s really made me think about the things I say and do that are making it hard for me to be happy, and given me practical solutions to overcome them.
Former cohost of The 700 Club Kristi Watts reveals the pitfalls that keep Christians from true joy and demonstrates the transformational power of speaking the words and promises of God.
How does a person bounce back after being beaten down personally, professionally, and emotionally? What impact do words, thoughts, and beliefs have in determining one’s level of happiness? Kristi Watts asked herself these questions after her marriage dissolved and she left a high-profile position as a cohost of The 700 Club. Initially excited to walk into a new season of life that she thought held the key to happiness, she soon stumbled into emotional pitfalls that left her discouraged, disappointed, and distant from God. Known as the upbeat host who was always filled with joy and laughter, she was anything but—yet she was determined to get her happy back! But how? By learning, as Kristi did, that true happiness is not simply acquired but rather cultivated.
When one’s words focus on faulty perspectives, faith is quickly derailed, but by remembering God’s blessings and verbally claiming His promises, hearts change. Using biblical principles, Talk Yourself Happy illustrates the importance of relying on God to tame our tongues and train our minds, and it exposes the hidden traps that keep Christians from living lives of happiness, empowering readers with the ultimate transformation of their hearts.
- Compassion – God Sees You. God Hears You. God Will Help You!
- Trust – You Really Can Trust God!
- Identity – This Is Who You Really Are
- Obedience – Love Will Set You Free
- Forgiveness – It’s Time to Let it Go
- Praise – Find Joy in the Presence of God
- Help – Discover the Power of Community
- Promise – The Purpose is in the Promise
Conclusion: How to Talk Yourself Happy
What I Got From the Book
I enjoyed reading this book, and found something I needed to hear in every chapter. Right from the introduction, I learned about the power of my words and how they have the power to change, for good or bad. I talk a lot, so I knew I would learn a lot from a book called, Talk Yourself Happy!
I could really relate to the author and her story. Even though I haven’t gone through the same exact circumstances she has, it’s still really easy to relate to the feelings she has about other people, and in certain situations. Like when she talked about how we become too consumed with our own pain, and have a “movie reel within my mind, recollecting every negative event…” I do that all the time, especially at night when I’m trying to sleep. Then she reminds us that our words reflect what’s in our hearts. So, if I’m only thinking about the negative, that’s what’s going to come out.
Thankfully, the author doesn’t just leave us stuck there. She gives us practical ways to “talk ourselves happy,” like saying out loud how God is(God is faithful), who God is(God is all knowing), and what God says(God will never abandon us(Deuteronomy 31:8)). Also, we shouldn’t be “begging God to change our circumstances when the truth is, what really needs changing is us.” So, we should speak words about ourselves that agree with what God says about us like, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14. If you start speaking words like these instead, then your words won’t consume your peace, joy and happiness; they will in turn, give you these things.
I’ve started applying what I’ve learned from this book. When I start thinking about negative things, I’ll catch myself, and stop. Instead, I start thinking of Scripture or Christian songs, and focusing on those takes my mind of my circumstances and fills me with joy and peace. I have to admit, this process is going to take awhile, because I do tend to complain a lot, but if I stick with it, I think everyone around me will be happier and I know I will be happier!
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