How to be happy, part 3

To summarize, some tactics to use against a lack of joy:
1.  Check to be sure you are healthy and rested.
2.  Embrace the truth that we ARE to rejoice - therefore, seek to be happy in the right way.
3.  Don't blame others if you aren't happy.

4. This one isn't going to win me any friends, but, here goes.  Confess sin.  Yep, confess sin.  That probably doesn't sit too well with you if you are in the pits of despair.  Might make you feel worse, in fact.  So why do I include it?  Because it's necessary for us to examine ourselves and see what wrong resides within us. Notice I didn't say "if".  Why am I presuming there is sin present just because we are depressed?  Because there usually is!  If nothing else, there's probably a shred or two of self-pity over our sadness......

Psalm 32:3,4  says "when I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away.  Through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;  My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer".

Sounds like lack of joy and lack of confession are connected to me.

Pathway to joy - ask the Lord to reveal anything between us and Him....anything between us and somebody else.  When He does, confess it.  Where necessary, make things right with others.  Then accept His forgiveness.