According to Howell, in his empirical research he found five important characteristics of a happy person. I will put into my own words in the bullet points but you can read the article here.
- Wise Management of Money
- Not Spending Money to Store up Stuff
- Holding on to the Good, and Forgiving the Bad
- Sharing in Joys and Sorrows
- Living in Community with Others
These are central themes throughout the Bible and guidance on how to live a good and righteous life. The fact that humans find fulfillment in these simple actions should not be surprising to the Christian if we have a correct view of God. We are called to live a certain way by our creator, and, of course, we flourish when we live in the manner we were designed.
I will follow up with specific verses soon. Have a great weekend!