Sometimes life knocks you on your [bottom]… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems; it’s the ability to deal with them. (Steve Maraboli, behavioral scientist)

Do we really need a scientist to give us that help? We have experienced the hard knocks of life, and most of us have learned to get up again and keep going. Maraboli reminds us of something we may not have learned yet: happiness is far more than just having fewer problems. It’s the result of strong character and a positive outlook on life—plus faith in a sovereign God.

Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you (Psalm 86:4).