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Striving for Joy in the New Year: In Pursuit of ‘Happiness’


In a world that is often at odds with authentic human flourishing, the pursuit of happiness takes on greater significance. The U.S. Declaration of Independence acknowledges the pursuit of happiness as an unalienable right, suggesting that it is not merely a passing whim or indulgence, but a fundamental state of being that all individuals have a God-given right to pursue.

Authentic happiness, according to this perspective, is in harmony with the natural moral laws that govern the universe. It is not simply about the pursuit of material goods for general wellbeing, but about seeking a morally grounded happiness that aligns with the Creator’s designs for human life.

The right to pursue happiness is not something that can be taken away by any government, as it is endowed by the Creator and is inalienable. This perspective emphasizes the importance of seeking and advancing a happiness that is rooted in moral and religious principles.

As we enter the new year, it is worth reflecting on what constitutes genuine happiness and the moral and religious backbone that underpins it. In doing so, we can strive to pursue a happiness that is in accordance with our Creator’s intentions for human life.

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