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Types of happiness

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David Murray identifies six kinds of happiness available to unbelievers and believers alike: social, natural, vocational, physical, intellectual, and humorous. The one remaining component, available only to believers, is spiritual happiness. Murray calls that unique happiness “a joy that at times contains more pleasure and delight than the other six put together.”[

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Joy and happiness

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We’re often taught to be careful of the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness, it is said, is an emotion that depends upon what “happens.” Joy by contrast, is supposed to be enduring, stemming deep from within our soul and which is not affected by the circumstances surrounding us. . . . I don’t think God had any such hair-splitting in mind. Scripture uses the terms interchangeably along with words like delight, gladness, blessed. There is no scale of relative spiritual values applied to any of these.[

Joni Eareckson Tada

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Happiness

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John Piper writes, “If you have nice little categories for ‘joy is what Christians have’ and ‘happiness is what the world has,’ you can scrap those when you go to the Bible, because the Bible is indiscriminate in its uses of the language of happiness and joy and contentment and satisfaction.”[

John Piper

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Happy in the Lord

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George MullerAccording to my judgement the most important point to be attended to is this: above all things see to it that your souls are happy in the Lord. Other things may press upon you, the Lord’s work may even have urgent claims upon your attention, but I deliberately repeat, it is of supreme and paramount importance that you should seek above all things to have your souls truly happy in God Himself! Day by day seek to make this the most important business of your life. This has been my firm and settled condition for the last five and thirty years. For the first four years after my conversion I knew not its vast importance, but now after much experience I specially commend this point to the notice of my younger brethren and sisters in Christ: the secret of all true effectual service is joy in God, having experimental acquaintance and fellowship with God Himself.

George Mueller

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Anxiety

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Anxiety is one of our modern plagues. Its effects are visible everywhere, interfering with our happiness and our ability to live productively. Anxiety limits our connections with other people, saps our energy, reduces our focus and our skillfulness and undermines our health. (Psychology Today,. ‘Anxiety: A Modern Plague’. N.p., 2015. Web. 10 Nov. 2015. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/healing-possibility/201111/anxiety-modern-plague)

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