Author Tommy Newberry shares tips for a joyful life - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Author Tommy Newberry shares tips for a joyful life

Since the beginning of Lent, a number of different groups in the Lake Area have been studying a book called "The 4:8 Principle -- the Secret to a Joy Filled Life."

On Wednesday night, many of those studying the book gathered at a local church, First Presbyterian, for a chance to hear the author, Tommy Newberry.

It's not a cure-all and it doesn't make all your troubles disappear, but Newberry seems to have helped a lot of people with his book. He gave a variety of tips for leading a happier life. 

"This is really a prescription for mental and emotional health, right here in a diagram. Focus on the things you have, not the things you don't have. Focus on what you can do, not the things you can't do. Focus on the controllables. Focus on the opportunities, not the things that are closed off to you. Don't focus on the door that has been closed, but all the doors that are still open. Then focus on serving others," said Newberry.

Newberry spoke to local people who have been studying the book, trying to apply the principle which is Philippians 4:8.

"It's not about sticking your head in the sand and denying an issue that's right there in front of you. What it is about, it's about emphasizing what's working. Emphasizing what is strong and lovely and great and worthy of praise," said Newberry.

He gave suggestions for putting the 4:8 Principle into practice each day and examples of how, when people change their attitudes, it changes their lives. 

"Each moment is a new beginning. Point two, we feel what we dwell upon. And then finally, point number three, you have to junk proof your mind," said Newberry.

And he says it can also be applied when raising kids who, he says, often get an average of eight negative comments to one encouraging word.

"We get our kids to grow into who we want them to be by reminding them of what they can be," said Newberry.

Newberry was invited to Lake Charles by a men's prayer group that kicked off a 4:8 study series this past Lent.

For more on Tommy Newberry's books click here.

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