True Happiness

 

Different approaches to happiness

Different approaches to happiness

Recently the Brookings Institute released the above chart showing the relationship between age and happiness around the world, as measured via the Gallup World Poll (conducted from 2011 to 2013). It shows a U-shaped curve (in orange), with the low point in happiness being at roughly age 40 around the world. Though the poll did not state how happiness was defined, it is a sad commentary on how the world experiences and measures happiness. The scriptures state: “Men are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25).  Heavenly Father wants us to be joyful and happy at all stages of our lives. As we grow in the knowledge of God’s plan for us, we also grow in happiness.  “Happiness is the object and desire of our existence, and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God” (Joseph Smith).  Following the Lord’s plan will produce a steady upward increase of happiness during our entire mortal journey.  This curve is shown in black on the above figure.

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