Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; happiness dwells in the soul. (Democritus, 5th century BC ancient Greek philosopher)

The way modern Americans accumulate things—have you seen hoarders on TV?—you would think that we have proved Democritus wrong. It seems that the more we have, the more we want. Apparently more is never enough. Temporary happiness may come with the collecting of temporal things, but there is a more important source for lasting joy.

You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11) To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness. (Psalm 37:4)