True happiness is a gift from God.
Ecclesiastes 2:26: For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight.
Romans 14:17: For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
True happiness comes from living close to the Lord and His Word.
Psalm 16:11: You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 119:111: Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, For they are the rejoicing of my heart.
Psalm 119:162: I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure.
Jeremiah 15:16: Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;
John 15:11: These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
True happiness is the fruit of obedience to the Lord.
Psalm 128:1–2: Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, Who walks in His ways. 2 When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
John 13:17: If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
Happiness and joy are manifestations of our faith and trust in the Lord.
Psalm 5:11: But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.
Proverbs 16:20: And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.
1 Peter 1:8: Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.
Happiness and joy come from being more concerned about others than ourselves.
John 3:29: He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.
Philippians 2:2: Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
1 Thessalonians 2:19–20: For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.
Joy comes when we consider and thank God for our blessings.
Psalm 100:1–2,4: Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! 2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Isaiah 51:3: And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.
Jeremiah 33:11: ‘The voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say: "Praise the LORD of hosts, For the LORD is good, For His mercy endures forever" —and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,’ says the LORD.
The Lord wants us to be joyful and positive at all times.
Deuteronomy 12:18: You shall rejoice before the LORD your God in all to which you put your hands.
Philippians 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
With Jesus, even times of difficulty and suffering can’t take away our joy.
2 Corinthians 7:4: I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation.
2 Corinthians 12:9–10: And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
1 Peter 3:14: But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed.
1 Peter 4:12–13,16: Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.