“We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free” (Alcoholics Anonymous 4th ed., p. 133). Here’s what the Good Book told the folks:
How to Be Happy (Blessed)
O LORD of hosts, blessed [is] the man that trusteth in thee.
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed [is] the man [that] feareth the LORD, [that] delighteth greatly in his commandments.
Psalm 119:1, 2:
ALEPH. Blessed [are] the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
Blessed [are] they that keep his testimonies, [and that] seek him with the whole heart.
The LORD hath done great things for us; [whereof] we are glad.
Happy [is he] that [hath] the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope [is] in the LORD his God:
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: . . .
He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy [is] he.
A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: . . .
Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
But he said, Yea rather, blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Galatians 5:22, 23:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.