Seven Kinds of Happiness

Happiness from Nature

It is important to explore nature and see what God has created for us. Nature is happiness.

According to a blog post recently completed for The Christian Post, there are seven distinct kinds of happiness, all which intermix and connect to create true happiness.  Six of these sources are able to be felt by both Christians and non-Christians.  First, there is the happiness derived from nature—from appreciating God’s creation, and simply spending time in the outdoors appreciating what God gave us.  Social happiness comes from joy provided by friends and family.  These close relationships are integral to contributing to an individual’s overall happiness. Next, is vocational happiness; while an individual’s job should never be one’s sole source for happiness, it is expected that a thrill will be felt when a particular goal is met or a challenge is overcome.

The next two sources of happiness are quite different from one another.  First, there is the physical sense of happiness—a joy that comes from being physically fit and healthy.  This sense of happiness is often particularly notable in those who were previously ill—undergoing some trial or surgery to overcome some obstacle.  Alternatively, there is the intellectual form of happiness. The source of this feeling is truly understanding something–analyzing it, explaining it, improving it, remembering it, using it.  Essentially, there is a certain type of joy to be derived from mastering a subject or solving a problem.  Finally, there is humor happiness.  While this source can toe a fine line between clean fun and sinning—as so very much humor is inclined towards crude comments and demeaning remarks at the expense of others—human nature does come with a sense of humor—a holy and healthy humor, not something that resulted from the fall.

While all six of these forms of happiness can be felt by non-Christians, these feelings are certainly amplified by the believer, as they feel each of these things, only with the added connection towards God’s grace and activity in their daily lives.  In addition, there is one sort of happiness that only the Christian can feel—spiritual happiness, which is often felt when the believer reads the Bible and learns more on God and His grace.  These experiences can often fill the Christian with unspeakable joy and a feeling fully of glory.