Happiness comes from the inside out.
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be you sorry; for the joy of the Lord is you strength. [Nehemiah 8:10]
The first word of the Sermon on the Mount, “blessed,” is sometimes translated “happy.” It refers not to fortunate circumstances nor momentary exhilaration, but to the inner state of those who are right…at the center of their being. Jesus had a profound joy which gave Him strength to endure the cross. He prayed that we might share it, for joyous Christians are strong Christians. Nehemiah had told his people many years before: “The joy of the Lord is you strength.”
“Blessed God, we have sometimes allowed self-centeredness, worry, and boredom to destroy our joy. Give us a quality of spirit in which such things cannot exist. Amen
*Excerpt from Courage and Confidence by Walter L. Moore