The root word of blessed according to original Greek Language is – Happy. So to be blessed is to be happy. I looked up some practical things the Bible says we are blessed/happy when we do them.
1. Hearing God’s Word as well as doing it
Luke 11:28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
Jas 1:25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
2. Believing God’s promises because He said so, not because we see. Jesus wanted the disciples to believe He would resurrect because He told them so not because they saw him after he resurrected.
John 20:29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
3. Giving. I believe it’s not just money. God is the greatest giver. He gives all kind of things and so can we. Time, a listening ear, service, friendship, simply being present and yes, money.
Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
4. Not giving in to sin when tempted or giving up on God when things get hard. Remaining steadfast means standing firm in the truth we know. When we are going through hard times, the Lord is compassionate. We are told to look at Job – and how it ended. It ended well. We are blessed when we don’t give up on God.
Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Jas 5:11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
5. When you are persecuted because of Jesus.
1Pet 4:14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you
6. Reading the book of Revelations and keeping the words
Rev 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near
7. Watching for the Lord’s coming, knowing He can come any time. The thought of Jesus coming should fill us with joy and hope, not dread. If the thought fills you with fear and dread, ask Him why that is and He will tell you. He loves us and looks forward to being with us. Similarly, no bride dreads her wedding day.
Rev 16:15 “Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”