My kids want to know why I like to go on these hikes. I tell them it is so that they will know the joy of the Lord. They can rejoice in the use their God-given bodies to enjoy some of the hidden beauties of God’s creation that he has left for us to discover. And I tell them that it is in this experience that we can have joy in the the goodness of the Lord! They are still not totally into it.
Scripturally, the culture of God’s people is one of joy, happiness, gratitude, eating and drinking, singing and dancing, and making music.
– Alcorn, Randy (2015-09-17). Happiness (p. 21). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.