Marriage, the birth of a new child, graduating from school and getting a new job can all bring momentary happiness. The Bible shows that when Leah's servant Zilpah got pregnant, she was overjoyed. Genesis 30:13 states, "Then Leah said, 'How happy I am! The women will call me happy.' So she named him Asher."
In December a Los Angeles Times article featured the headline Happiness is overrated: It's better to be right, study finds. The article is about scientists testing a theory of how pride can interfere with happiness. The husband was told to always be agreeable with everything his wife said and did. The husband's happiness declined during the testing period.
The scientists concluded in the British Medical Journal, "It seems that being right, however, is a cause of happiness, and agreeing with what one disagrees with is a cause of unhappiness."
Another intriguing fact about happiness is that working in the church is one of the happiest professions. The following infographic shows that actors,architects, clergy, and firemen are some of the happiest people alive. Also married couples tend to be happier than singles.