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Turn your most difficult problems and disappointments into your best friends by using them as a way to worship God.


By Sheima Salam Sumer

  • If you develop the skill of remaining calm during stressful situations, you will feel better about yourself.
    You will succumb to negative emotions sometimes. It’s part of the process of learning to be a happy person. Be patient with yourself.
  • Sometimes just saying “I am feeling really hurt” (or any other negative feeling) can reduce the power of your negative feeling.
  • You will accelerate your journey to being a happy person by focusing on your personal strengths more than your weaknesses.
  • Discover the positive coping skills that work for you. In my opinion, the three most important coping skills are:
  • Remaining calm in every situation.
  • Letting go of thoughts that are not helpful to you.
  • Focusing on what you are thankful for.
  • Ask God to make you a happy person.
  • Dua (supplication to God) is the weapon of a believer.
  • Every night, think of at least three things that you are feeling grateful to God for. It could be things specific to that day or general things, but it should be GENUINE. One thing that I am always grateful for is the health of my children. It could be anything that YOU really FEEL.
  • Gratitude is an incredible way to feel connected with God because you KNOW that He gave you those things.
  • Remember, all help is from God. Every good thing you have is from God.
  • Turn your most difficult problems and disappointments into your best friends by using them as a way to worship God.
  • Believe in the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that says, “it is all good for the believer.”
  • Everything that happens to a believer is good in some way.
  • Find relaxation by letting go of all thoughts except for la ilaha ilallah (‘There is no god but God’)
  • Learn to pay attention to your inner world
  • Remembering God will help you to feel content all the time.
  • You must teach yourself how to shift from a negative feeling to a feeling of contentment.
  • The blessings of God are always greater than our problems!
  • View life’s difficulties as opportunities to learn and grow. You will feel more empowered.
  • Treat yourself with compassion.
  • Appreciate the fact that God emphasizes His attributes of mercy and compassion above all other attributes.
  • Take full responsibility for your happiness and contentment.
  • Take action to improve your condition rather than focusing on who is to blame
  • Intuition is a tool that you should use with wisdom
  • Use your speech for only good topics.
  • Love your positive qualities.
  • Be at peace with yourself.
  • “A vigorous 5 mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” ““Paul Dudley White
  • Make peace with the fact that we don’t get everything we want in this life
  • Remember that when we react negatively to our problems, this actually makes our problems grow.
  • Keep trying to find a thought that makes you feel better.
  • Train yourself to recognize your thoughts, to better understand your feelings. And remember: you are not your thoughts.
  • Happiness starts with you.
  • Watch out for irrational thinking such as the belief that life (including yourself) should be perfect.
  • When you are not sure what to do, choose to be patient and calm until things become clearer.
  • Always look for the positives and then use the positives to improve the overall situation. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!