Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Sunday 24 October |
Saint of the Day: St. Anthony Mary Claret
Aleteia logo
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

15 Happiness tips from the Bible

GIRL

Public Domain

Maria Paola Daud - published on 08/19/18

God doesn't just want us to be holy; he also wants us to be happy.

We all want to be happy… but how can we attain it amidst the many challenges life brings at us?

Many people have succeeded in happiness by following the simple yet magnificent advice that the Bible offers. Here’s a list of worthwhile biblical guidelines to follow in the pursuit of happiness:

1. Be righteous

“The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who begets a wise son will be glad in him.” – Proverbs 23:24

MŁODA KOBIETA
Gian Cescon/Unsplash | CC0

2. Don’t be haughty

“As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” – 1 Timothy 6:17

3. Be joyful

“Rejoice always,pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

4. Be patient

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.” – Romans 12:2

FRIENDSHIP
tierneymj - Shutterstock

5. Be honest

“Live uprightly all the days of your life, and do not walk in the ways of wrongdoing; for those who act in accordance with truth will prosper in all their activities.” – Tobit 4:5-7

6. Be merciful and just

“I command you, serve God faithfully and do what is pleasing in his sight. Your children are also to be commanded to do what is right and to give alms, and to be mindful of God and to bless his name at all times with sincerity and with all their strength.” – Tobit 14:9

7. Have integrity

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly.” – Psalm 84:11

8. Accept trials and persevere In temptation

“Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12

Shutterstock

9. Have faith

“Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” – 1 Peter 1:8-9

10. Have empathy

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” – Romans 12:15

11. Accept suffering

“And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5

12. Enjoy every moment

“In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that mortals may not find out anything that will come after them.” – Ecclesiastes 7:14

LIFE
Simona pilolla 2 - Shutterstock

13. Trust In God’s providence

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” – Psalm 37:4-5

14. Promote peace

“Deceit is in the mind of those who plan evil, but those who counsel peace have joy.” – Proverbs 12:20

15. Be consoled

“When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” – Psalm 94:19


SAINT BRIDGET OF SWEDEN

Read more:
Discover the “secret to happiness” with these powerful prayers of St. Bridget


HAPPINESS

Read more:
5 Daily attitudes that are key to finding happiness

Tags:
BibleHealth and Wellness
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
Marinella Bandini
Exclusive: Carlo Acutis as seen by his mother
2
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio replied to John Paul II’s letter with a miracle
3
Theresa Civantos Barber
St. John Paul II’s perfect advice for lasting love in marriage
4
POPE JOHN PAUL II
Cerith Gardiner
A collection of Pope John Paul II’s quotes on some of life’s most...
5
WEB2-Bishop_Michael.jpg
John Burger
Once considered for top post in Anglican Church, former bishop be...
6
peace
Philip Kosloski
How kindness begins in your heart
7
THE CONJURING
David Ives
5 More horror movies with Catholic sensibilities
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.