Christianity has always been about purpose rather than happiness. And as it turns out, purpose is what matters anyway. The Atlantic has a fascinating synopsis of a study on the two.
Being happy is about feeling good. Meaning is derived from contributing to others or to society in a bigger way… “Empty positive emotions” — like the kind people experience during manic episodes or artificially induced euphoria from alcohol and drugs — ”are about as good for you for as adversity,” says Fredrickson..