Mark 6:32, So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.

Psalm 127:2, In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for He grants sleep to those He loves.

I recently read an article titled, “Scientifically Proven Ways to Increase your Happiness,” and I thought I would share five of those with you this week. The first three were, “Practice Mindfulness,” “Smile,” and “Have at Least 10 Good Friends.” If you missed any of those three you can find them on my daily blog @

The fourth way to increase your happiness is, “Get Some Sleep.” Most of us are aware of the importance of sleep on our physical health, yet, many of us still stubbornly put off going to bed early. However, a recent study out of the University of Michigan found that getting an extra hour of sleep every night moved the happiness quotient up the same as receiving a $60,000 raise for the year.

Long ago, the Psalmist wrote these words, “In vain you rise early and stay up late…”(Psalm 127:2). In the New Testament, we are told that Jesus withdrew from the people to a solitary place for rest, which you can read about in Mark 6:32. In the Old Testament, we are told that God rested on the seventh day after creation. So, increasing the amount of sleep you get is biblical, and it will make you happier.

Don’t just think about it… implement a plan to get better rest today.

John Mark Caton, Ph.D