Let's ease into this, easy question. Maybe the easiest question you've ever been asked: Do you want to be happy? Assumptions are dangerous, but I’m going to go ahead and assume I know the answer to that one.
Can you tell me how?
It’s a big business. Go to the bookstore and find the self-help section. It’ll be a big section. There will be dozens of books explaining how to be happy. Some of the advice is achingly obvious. Some of it is very, very strange. There’s a long line of people ready to tell us their secret... read my book, follow my advice, and you’ll be happy!
If it’s so easy, then why are there so many unhappy people around?
A priest friend up in Chicago posted a question on social media just today: “Complete this sentence: ‘I will be happy when…’” It was a really interesting exercise! The first response was “I will be happy when our parochial school stays open.” One woman said “I will be happy when I retire.” Another, “I will be happy when I’m with God.” More than one said “I will be happy when the world is at peace.” Only two answers out of nineteen said they were currently happy. Of those two, one said their happiness came from knowing the Lord.