If you’re happy and you know it

If you’re happy and you know it

If you’re happy and you know it you might be Canadian and over 60. The World Happiness Report was published this week and gathers data from 150,000 surveyed people in 140 countries. As an addition to the overall score by nation, this year the responses were also grouped by age. Canada falls among the top 10 places of residence for happy seniors over 60, however it lands 58th on the list for people under

Professors and politicians alike are speaking to this red flag. Some speculate the generation in their 20s are feeling hopeless about their future improving. The “good life” seems less attainable. Some
blame social media platforms for the filtered and curated images of seemingly perfect lives, fostering unrealistic and unhealthy expectations and comparison.

The pursuit of happiness is a universal aspiration. Yet, amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life, genuine contentment often feels elusive. Many people misunderstand what will make them truly happy, expecting it will be the perfect romantic partner, dream job, finances to travel or model body. It’s enlightening to turn to timeless wisdom, including insights from the Bible, which offers profound
guidance on the nature of happiness and contentment.

According to the World Happiness Report, factors such as social support, freedom to make life choices, and a sense of purpose significantly contribute to overall well-being. Paradoxically, some of
the wealthiest nations rank lower in happiness compared to countries with fewer material resources but stronger social connections and communal values. This highlights the crucial role of relationships,
community, and inner fulfillment in the pursuit of happiness.

The Bible offers profound insights into the nature of happiness and contentment, transcending temporal circumstances and material possessions. One of the central teachings is the distinction between
fleeting happiness and enduring joy rooted in spiritual truths.

In the book of Ecclesiastes (12:13), King Solomon, with his unparalleled wealth and wisdom concludes that true fulfillment comes from fearing God and living aligned with His moral principles. This
wisdom underscores the importance of spiritual values and a deeper connection with Divine Love for lasting happiness.

Jesus’s teachings emphasize the primacy of inner transformation and selflessness in attaining genuine happiness. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus proclaims, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is
the kingdom of heaven… Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:3, 6). Here, Jesus presents a radical paradigm shift, where true happiness is found
in humility, compassion, and integrity. Jesus promises abundant life and eternal future that outshines present day prospects. This is the hope filled good news 20-somethings need to know!

Applying biblical wisdom to our lives involves a shift in perspective and priorities. Instead of chasing after fleeting pleasures or external validation, we’re called to cultivate virtues such as gratitude, kindness, and contentment. This doesn’t negate the pursuit of material well-being or personal goals but rather places them in proper perspective, recognizing their limited capacity to bring lasting fulfillment.

Fostering meaningful relationships, serving others, and nurturing our spiritual lives can significantly enhance our sense of happiness and well-being. Acts of compassion and altruism not only benefit others
but also enrich our own lives, tapping into a deeper source of joy beyond mere self-interest. By embracing biblical wisdom and cultivating inner virtues, we can embark on a journey towards lasting
fulfillment and genuine contentment, enriching not only our own lives but also the world around us.