Often people who are atheists comment that if there is God, why are there so…
One of my favorite books that I read from time to time is “As a Man thinketh” by James Allen. Reading it makes us understand how much of our life is in our control. If our life is in our control, our joy definitely is.
As you cannot have a sweet and wholesome abode unless you admit the air and sunshine freely into your rooms, so a strong body and a bright, happy, or serene countenance can only result from the free admittance into the mind of thoughts of joy and goodwill and serenity.
James Allen, “As A Man Thinketh”
The thoughts of joy and goodwill is not just concerning us, but towards any other human beings. Evil thoughts towards other human beings can also bring suffering.
Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction. It is an indication that the individual is out of harmony with himself with the law of being. – James Allen, As A Man thinketh.
Our natural state is of joy. Evil thoughts from anger, jealousy and other negative emotions are what rob joy from us. “The inside out revolution” by Michael Neil tries to explain that our feelings are completely controlled by our thoughts and the less thoughts we have, the more joyful we can be.