“Willing service to others is a key to enduring happiness. President Kimball said: “God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another mortal that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other. I know of a woman who was joyously happy. Each morning she would ask her Father in Heaven to lead her to someone she could help. That sincere prayer was answered time and again. The burdens of many were eased and their lives brightened. She was blessed continually for being an instrument directed by the Lord.”
-Richard G. Scott, April 1996 General Conference, “Finding Joy in Life”
Being obedient to God’s commandments, we will live happily for all eternity. The Lord said in Alma 41:10 that “wickedness never was happiness.”
-Elder Claudio Costa Quorum of the Seventy, Nov. 2002.
Here is a simple but powerful truth: living righteously and keeping God’s commandments make us happy. Alma gave a concise sermon on this topic when he said, “Wickedness never was happiness” (Alma 41:10). Based on my own experience and my observations of others, Alma’s declaration is as categorical a statement as can be made on the subject, and our chances of proving Alma wrong are about zero.
-Elder Marlin K. Jensen, BYU devotional Dec 2002.
There are other uplifting influences the scriptures can have in our lives. They can cleanse us from evil thoughts and fortify our resolve to resist temptation. They can give comfort in times of need such as the death of a loved one or other personal tragedy. Reading them can put us in tune with the Spirit of the Lord so that our depression and self-doubts will flee and our “confidence [will] wax strong in the presence of God” (D&C 121:45).
-Marlin K Jensen BYU Devotional Dec 2002.
“Come walk the path that leads to eternal happiness, joy, and everlasting life in the kingdom of our Heavenly Father.”
-Robert D Hales “Being a More Christian Christian” October 2012 General Conference
Happiness comes from living the way the Lord wants you to live and from service to God and others.
-Thomas S Monson “Preparation Brings Happiness” April 2010 General Conference
There is absolutely nothing in this world that will provide more comfort and happiness than a testimony of the truth.
-Thomas S Monson “See Others As They May Become” October 2012 General Conference
Discipleship is the pursuit of holiness and happiness. It is the path to our best and happiest self. The more we devote ourselves to the pursuit of holiness and happiness, the less likely we will be on a path to regrets. The more we rely on the Savior’s grace, the more we will feel that we are on the track our Father in Heaven has intended for us.So often we get caught up in the illusion that there is something just beyond our reach that would bring us happiness: a better family situation, a better financial situation, or the end of a challenging trial.
We shouldn’t wait to be happy until we reach some future point, only to discover that happiness was already available—all the time! Life is not meant to be appreciated only in retrospect. “This is the day which the Lord hath made … ,” the Psalmist wrote. “Rejoice and be glad in it.” You and I are ultimately in charge of our own happiness.
-Dieter F Uchtdorf “Of Regrets And Resolutions” October 2012 General Conference
Our realization of what is most important in life goes hand in hand with gratitude for our blessings. Said one well-known author: “Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend … when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present—love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us (happiness)—the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.” Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family. One day each of us will run out of tomorrows.
-Thomas S. Monson, “Finding Joy in the Journey”
Do material possessions make us happy and grateful? Perhaps momentarily. However, those things which provide deep and lasting happiness and gratitude are the things which money cannot buy: our families, the gospel, good friends, our health, our abilities, the love we receive from those around us. Unfortunately, these are some of the things we allow ourselves to take for granted.
-Thomas S Monson “The Divine Gift of Gratitude” October 2012 General Conference
The next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable.
-Joseph B Wirthlin “Come What May and Love It” October 2008 General Conference
The history of the Church in this, the dispensation of the fullness of times, is replete with the experiences of those who have struggled and yet who have remained steadfast and of good cheer as they have made the gospel of Jesus Christ the center of their lives. This attitude is what will pull us through whatever comes our way. It will not remove our troubles from us but rather will enable us to face our challenges, to meet them head on, and to emerge victorious.
-Thomas S. Monson “Be of Good Cheer” April 2009 General Conference