The recent findings of a Gallup survey were released on the subject of “subjective well-being” or “happiness”. The findings? We’re not happy.
The survey of more than 2.5 million Americans examined how “people feel in their day-to-day lives across various dimensions of well-being, including physical health and wellness” as well as other criteria. The overall results “show a nation where well-being is in sharp decline.” In fact, 2017 showed “the largest year-over-year decline in the 10-year history of the Well-Being Index.”
We as Christians do not actually propagate “happiness.” Jesus made many promises to His followers, but a happy life was not one of them. He did promise “joy”. How do we walk "in joy"? “...so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” (1 John 1:3–4, ESV).
Joy comes from connectedness to your Life-source, your heavenly Father. Walk a life of disconnectedness and joy will be an elusive goal never reached. “Fellowship” here is not a stop by for a cup of tea. It is a constant “living with” so that joy wells up from the inner you, not a rearranging of externals, because those “rearranging externals” have never-ending permutations. Connect with Him, and your joy will emerge.