Many, many times have I pondered this question. Does happiness exist? Well, the answer is undoubtedly, yes! But we as Christians, we often let happiness go to the wayside.
The most honest to God answer that I can give, and this is probably the first and last time you will ever see me use a curse word on this website, is simply because too often, we give a damn when one does not need to be given.
We are so obsessed with who someone else voted for or what we are going to wear to church or if someone around you is judging you because you wore the same shirt you wore last week. Wake up!
Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on Earth.
Colossians 3:2 ESV
Happiness is not defined by what others think of you. Joy and happiness often collide in such a way that it seems they are one in the same. I can promise that they are not.
Happiness is an emotion. Joy is overall. It is difficult to be both happy and sad at the same time, yet it is very easy to experience sadness while still being joyful.
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.
Ecclesiastes 9:7 NIV
No, the Bible is not telling you to go out and sin! The Bible is showing you that you do not need to feel shameful about enjoying life. Live with a joyful heart, and spread the love of Christ wherever you go.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2 NASB
We do not have to live in conformity of mankind. I often times look at the way I live and ask myself, am I truly joyful? And if I have judged someone or sinned against someone or turned a cold shoulder against someone in need, or if I am too worried about the pile of medical bills that are stacking up in the kitchen to notice that I have been given the greatest gift of all, then the answer is most definitely no.
But if I live intentionally, valuing what is really important, serving with enthusiasm, giving with a joyful heart, and loving those around me who cannot possibly give me anything in return, then certainly that answer is yes.