I find it interesting that the countries that rate highest on the World Happiness Report ( Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Finland, Canada ) are the least religious. Conversely, those that rate the lowest ( Afghanistan, Togo, Syria, Burundi are the most religious ). Tell a Baptist preacher that you are an atheist, though, and he will ask you what went wrong in your life.

I suppose people that are suffering are more likely to turn to a deity thus seeking better times, now or after death. Of course that goes against free will and non intervention. What is the point of praying, or saying God bless America, when the bible states God will not intervene ? Religion is full of irony, contradictions and irrational thinking.

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What causes unhappiness?

being denied self development 

being kept away from people and animals or anything that could make you happy

being forced into a lifestyle you didn't choose

being kept stupid and uninformed

in summary; religion.

There's a Jewish teaching that God doesn't need prayers; the person doing the praying needs it to understand themselves better. In that case, why not articulate your wishes and hopes and fears and desires to a being that's undeniably real?

You'll pray for me? Great! I'll talk to my cat for you! [orange cat facing the sun] Expect the same results

My personal favorite is when someone asks me to pray for them or their loved one. Do people people believe a greater accumulation of prayers yields better results ? That reflects the topic of discussion that people generally seek a god when things are not going well for them.

I hear that there are many extras available for xian prisoners in the US.

Compelledunbeliever drew on his 15 years as a correctional officer to explain why inmates' declared religions likely have much more to do with privileges and even survival than with their actual beliefs.

"Statistics show that there are far fewer atheist in prison than theist, True, but totally wrong!"

If you nag god he will listen to you. Maybe it's just to shut you up. It's also wise to pray to his mother because he cannot refuse her.

Just a few thoughts.

"Any headaches recently?" my doctor asked a few hours ago.

"Not since 1957 when I quit Catholicism," I replied.

He chuckled.

Do you know how good it feels to be able to say that? I had bunches of headaches before I quit.

great!

Thank you, Jennifer. I'm glad you enjoyed my take on a happy moment.

 As a former "super Christian" as I was called by my friends much to my dismay. I can say that I am happier than I have ever been now with the realization there is no God. I wanted to be the best Christian I could. Really. It was loaded with guilt. Why were my prayers not answered? I made a point of unselfish prayers. Limited to let me know your will etc.  I never got an answer. I knew my sin,even unknown sin and lack of faith was my fault.....the guilt was unbearable.... eventually I became pessimistic and skeptical.  If God did not care why should I? Thank you pessimism and skepticism. I am now not feeling guilty for being a human that makes mistakes nor do I look to an imaginary friend that does not exist for help and guidance. I am free and empowered to make my own decisions! Interestingly this makes me feel MORE responsible for my actions...I am accountable for all that I do. It makes me feel much more responsible and accountable for my actions as there is no fairy to " forgive" me. Your observation is of no surprise to me. Thank you for sharing and echoing my thoughts.

I like that many of those top countries are about education and alternative means of transportation, Netherlands and Denmark are two countries where the bicycle counts as a way to move about!

I would tell a pastor that I finally read the Bible using logic and reasoning and found the myths and contradictions appalling at first and now find them hilarious.

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