I recently read that only 1 in 3 Americans consider themselves to be very happy.  However, God doesn't promise us happiness and wealth.  He does tell us to have joy in all things.  So how can we have joy in the midst of some of the undesirable circumstances our broken world brings us?  Well, I'm not saying it's easy, but it starts with a focus on that which we cannot lose, our salvation in Christ.  You see, no matter what happens on this earth, none of it is eternal except the decision to accept or reject salvation in Christ.  With that focus and understanding, we can begin to trade a happiness that lives only a short time for a joy that never ends and cannot be taken away.