Today's Mental Image:
But, if we are created, if we are the subject of a created universe broken by sin, then happiness is not evolving. Happiness is a gift of creation to be discovered. Happiness is a creation of the Creator and made for our pleasure and wholeness. Happiness is part of the pursuit of discovering the potential of the created order and our place in it. Happiness requires redemption of our fallen condition. A recreation by the Maker from our fallen state to our intended relationship and manner of living. Happiness then is a by-product of the prusuit of truth, a part of what is true, not broken thus false.
Yes, your basic beliefs, your world view do make a cataclysmic difference.)