An Italian, a Frenchman and a Russian were discussing this.
The Italian said, "Happiness is sitting down to a banquet of fine food and wine with somebody you love."
The French said, "Bah! That is only gluttony. Happiness is meeting a beautiful woman, dining with her at a luxurious restaurant, before an evening at the ballet, and then taking her home to bed.
The Russian shook his head. "Pure lust," he said. "When you are sitting at the kitchen table of your two-roomed, sixth floor apartment sharing a bowl of gruel with your wife and four sons; and when you hear feet clumping up the stairs before stopping at your door; and when your door is broken down and three men in dark suits stand there scowling, and their leader says, 'Comrade Zalachenko?' And you say, 'No, he is upstairs.' THAT is happiness."
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Jesus told his listeners in his sermon on the Mount of Olives: "Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need, since t,e kingdom of the heavens belongs to them." (Matthew 5:3) To live we need to breathe, sleep, drink, and eat, just as animals do. But to be happy, we have a need that animals do not, the need for understanding the purpose of life. Hence, we find ourselves asking such questions as, What is the purpose of life? Is there a Creator? What happens to us when we die? What does the future hold? It is the void that comes from uncertainty about ourselves and the world in which we live that breeds unhappiness. Such knowledge is openly available to us though many choose to reject or dismiss it. Proverbs 2:1-5 states, "My son, if you will receive my sayings and treasure up my own commandments with yourself...if, moreover, you call out for understanding itself and you give forth your voice for discernment itself...if you keep seeking for it as for silver, and as for hid treasures you keep searching for it, in that case you will understand the fear of Jehovah, and you will find the very knowledge of God."