Can Atheists be Happy?


“Two aerials met on a roof. They fell in love and got married.  The ceremony was rubbish – but the reception was outstanding”

What a big question in the space of three words, right?  Ask ten people and get 11 different answers. How am I gonna write about this without getting into TL:DR territory? I’ll just throw some stuff out there, and hopefully it will spark some conversation.

If you don’t get everything you want you won’t be happy.

I can only be happy because of god.

I can only be happy by experiencing pleasure.

Some people are incapable of being happy.

Being happy is a feeling, nothing more.

Pleasure is the only intrinsic value.

Happiness just happens.

Do you know what happiness is?

Being happy is the same for everyone.


Sound off in the comments! Let me know what you think.






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5 Responses to Can Atheists be Happy?

  1. judyt54 says:

    Happy is a state of mind. So is love, so is anger, and serenity, and joy.
    I’ve always had a problem with the common definition of happy, which to me is a fleeting emotion, often attendant on getting something, i.e., the new bike, or the Red Rider air gun, or a puppy. Usually, I just realized, items which need to be experienced to appreciate.
    Content is something you aim for, and it seems to be a longer lasting emotion, since it’s the culmination rather than the brief starting point.

    All that said, the statements up there seem to be loaded for bear. Most of them are cynical, grasping, self defeating. And “happiness is only a feeling” is truly stupid, like saying “love is only a feeling, why bother?” It negates the whole complex emotional sauce we paddle in.

    Fascinating post. I’ll be nibbling on this for quite some time.


    • persedeplume says:

      You said; “the statements up there seem to be loaded for bear. Most of them are cynical, grasping, self defeating. ”

      Yes! [not an accident] 🙂

      Who would think happiness would be so controversial? I’m hoping to get some christians going on this. Should liven things up.

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  2. KIA says:

    I’m thinking happiness is possible for anyone, regardless of position of belief or non belief. And the contra would be true as well

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    • persedeplume says:

      I was deliberately vague about what I meant by happiness. We assign meaning to words according to our understanding of them and there’s a lot of room for interpretation from person to person. It’s interesting to see the differences, so far.

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  3. carmen says:

    I think everyone has had to have experienced unhappiness before they realize – and appreciate -what happiness is. Certainly, the ‘happiness quotient’ varies from one person to another. For some, needs vary. That is to say that what they need to make them happy might be completely different than what I need to make me happy. Some people (and you know them) seem like they’d never be happy, no matter what happened to them, or how many material things they were surrounded with. I also feel that wise people are generally happy . . . or is it that happy people are wise??
    A thought-provoking topic, to be sure. But yes, us heathens can – and are – happy, I think! We don’t need an invisible friend to tell us that. 🙂


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