You may recognize the title of the popular song released by Bobby McFerrin in 1988, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

The lyrics instruct everyone not to worry but to just be happy. Easy to say, not always easy to do. 

The dictionary defines worry as: be or make anxious; feel anxious about something unpleasant that may have happened or may happen.

Most of us could fill a book as large as “War and Peace” with the number of times we’ve worried ourselves sick about a situation that never happened.

Worry may cause difficulty breathing, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, muscle tension, irritability, nausea, shortness of breath, suppression of the immune system, digestive disorders and short-term memory loss.

Retailers have capitalized on the worry-warts of America. Why you can purchase worry stones, worry beads and dozens of products associated with worry.

Cosmetic companies are thrilled that women worry. Think of the millions of dollars spent everyday on anti-wrinkle cream to cover up those tell-tale worry lines.

Of notable interest is the fact that in the King James Bible, the word “worry” does not appear — not even once. Of greater significance is the realization that “fear not” is found nearly 365 times in the Bible. That’s a “fear not” or “don’t be afraid” for every day of the year.

Someone told me last week that worry is like a rocking chair. You keep rocking and you don’t get anywhere. They said the same thing happens with worry. You worry about something and you get nowhere. Worry has no benefit — only harmful results.

So the next time worry creeps up squash it like a bug. Don’t let its far-reaching tentacles pull you down.

Be happy instead, and “Fear Not” for God is with you.

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