Are suffering and happiness compatible?
What is the key to happiness? Is it enough to maximize pleasure and avoid pain? If so, why would an all-powerful, all-loving God allow us to suffer? If not, what does it mean to be happy? Discover this and more as we explore the relationship between purpose, happiness, and suffering.
I cite the evidence of near-death experiences with caution, because there are many books written on this subject that are not scientific or based on any clinical, cross-cultural, long term study, but rather on a few anecdotes taken to the extreme.
Readers who are familiar with the Four Levels of Happiness will recognize that ultimate happiness can only occur through the satisfaction of our desires for perfect truth, love, justice (goodness), beauty, and home (see the free video and article on the Four Levels of Happiness.
The relationship between religion and happiness.
Few studies have investigated the association between religion and suicide either in terms of Durkheim’s social integration hypothesis or the hypothesis of the regulative benefits of religion. The relationship between religion and suicide attempts has received even less attention.
Discover how happiness affects our view of ourselves, the choices we make, our purpose in life, and also why God allows suffering.
Explore all our free resources: Slide deck Presentations in PDF format, and Teacher’s Resource Manual with: detailed lesson plans, prayers, handouts, assessments, additional activities, video clips, and more, all which can be used in a variety of settings and time frames.
You can also get the 7 episodes on DVD, where you can encounter the major ideas and principles underlying your happiness – as well as its two related issues – transcendent eternal life and the purpose of suffering. This combo pack includes: Happiness, the Series – 7 Episode video series, Happiness, the Workbook