“God can make you happy in any circumstances. Without him nothing can.” Andrew Bonar* There are two difficult things to believe in this quote. The first is that God can make you happy in any circumstances. The second is the claim that without God nothing can make you happy. Let me take the “easiest” of these…


“The souls of believers are conscious, active, happy and with Christ between death and the resurrection.” A A Hodge* Although there are some seasons of sorrow in the Christian’s earthly pilgrimage, in God’s mercy, there are also many seasons of great joy. And even when we are going through sufferings, we can look forward to the prospect…


The joy of seafaring men delivered from shipwreck; the joy of a man delivered from a burning house; the joy of not being found guilty to a criminal at the bar; the joy of receiving pardon to a condemned malefactor; the joy of freedom to a prisoner of war, is nothing in comparison to the…


“Happiness is only the cart; love is the horse.” We hardly need scientific research to tell us that a happy marriage makes for a happy life.  Recent research by Rutgers University not only confirms that, but also underlined that “the quality of a marriage can affect the health and well-being of older individuals as they…


“The happiest marriages are ones in which wives are able to calm quickly during conflict.” Lian Bloch* That’s the conclusion of a recent study which examined how couples handle negative emotions that arise during conflict. I’m not quite sure how they arranged this, but apparently researchers invited couples into their labs and observed them engaging in marital…


“The pursuit of our own happiness where it does not infringe on the rights of others, has nothing evil in it, but is approved by every impartial mind.” Archibald Alexander* Sometimes I get envious of painters, plumbers, landscapers, carpenters and others who get to work with their hands and have something to show for it…