As a new parent, I’ve recently come to think that happiness is a good night’s sleep. On exhausting days I might even say happiness is five minutes to myself, a clean floor, or something actually going as planned.
Some faith traditions put aside the notion that happiness is part of a spiritual path. Some say that happiness is not possible and we must accept that life is full of suffering.
Perhaps happiness is in acceptance itself. When I look back over my life, the moments when I was truly happy were when I was fully present, whether big (my wedding day, the birth of my son) or small (a cup of tea with my husband). When I stopped regretting what could have been, or anticipating what might be, I felt a sense of happiness. So how does one increase happy states in life? Well, that is what this issue is all about.
Articles in this issue
The path to happiness (and why we resist it)
Explore how we are free to choose happiness and how our level of happiness is our own responsibility and not dependent on our circumstances.
Happiness can be your choice
Change in our lives is rarely simple, neat and clean. How does one adjust to change and find a renewed sense of happiness?
How to be happy in your marriage
Carry the contentment and joy of your wedding day on into your life together.
What is the secret to being happy?
Rev. Derrick Lumsden shares perspectives from a New Christian spirituality about happiness, prayer and more.
Three steps to greater happiness
Here are three steps that can help you to experience greater happiness today.
The peace and joy of heaven is available to us