I've been told that I am a number of things. My father told me I couldn't join the Navy because I could never live a regimented life, always being ordered around. I'm currently dating a Mormon and their faith is surprisingly restricting. The movie night I planned fell through because of it and no coffee dates either, I guess. All the rules seem pointless. Not just of Mormonism, but of many religions. Just as drinking is coffee isn't a sin, neither is sex before marriage. Or divorce. Or homosexuality.
Which leads me to another point. How can you be happy knowing that what you believe would paint others, people you may know to be kind, loving, trustworthy people, are evil, sinners, or somehow undeserving? At best you would feel guilty, at worst, you would develop an elitist attitude and scorn those people.
Happy doesn't always mean hedonistic, either, if that's anyone's thinking. I realize that happiness's definition is flexible among groups. If an atheist is happy, isn't because they have no rules, no "moral guidelines," and are out committing blatant acts of debauchery every night.
I also believe that religion acts like a security blanket. You believe that you're not just gone after you die. That you get a second, and eternal, chance. For us, this is all we've got. This one life to live and laugh and cry and choose and fight and play. We can't hold anything back because, for us, this is it...And, personally, I'm okay with that. Of course it's scary to think about, dying always is, but it doesn't make it any less inevitable.
Enjoy what you have, while you have it, and don't let anyone tell you how.
Being religious is like living in North Korea. You're living in the most totalitarian dogma of them all, and you cannot even escape it by dying. With atheism, you use your common sense and your love of life (because atheism leads to greater love of life than religion) to live your life. One effectively frees oneself from this totalitarianism, this embodiment of Orwell's dystopia.
The distorted moralities of religion oppress their populace. Religious people are oppressed by ridiculously strict laws. Religious people have no freedom to speak or even act in certain ways. A religious person does not have the right to speak or even think any form of thought or speech which would be deemed "blasphemy". Religious people are pressed by guilt for simply engaging in sex before marriage or masturbation, and this does not even reduce the frequency of such activities. The suppression of condoms also leads to the spread of deadly disease which kills millions of people every day. Atheists live without this.
I am an atheist and I strongly believe that I have been very happy. I have felt very free and it gives me more meaning to life. Plenty of people think that since they believe that heaven (or hell) is real it gives them more meaning to life because they know that they'll be going somewhere once they die. To me it is exactly the opposite, it gives me more meaning knowing that I only have one chance at life, I wont have anywhere to go to so why not make it the best? I mean think about it, millions and millions of people have died. They all went to either heaven or hell, so wouldn't heaven or hell be packed by now? Does God really have time to visit each and every single person who dies? So there isn't really much to look forward to. There are so many chances, so many opportunities in life, why waste it?
Atheist are happier people in general terms. Christians have the fear that if they act incorrectly that they will be punished, not only by law but by God. Atheists only have to think about the real punishments that they will face in their life. but other than those areas I would say all peoples happiness is about the same.
Since Atheist don't acknowledge a higher authority over themselves, the rules that an atheist live by have to come from their own deliberation. When a person thinks things out on their own, they are generally in agreement with the conclusion they reach, so when they act on those conclusions they are actually doing what they believe is the best and not just what someone else tells them to do.
Atheists don't start wars with other religions because they don't believe in a god because god is fake. They don't have rapists involved with their beliefs and we don't make up crazy stuff just so people can live good lives. They live good lives by just being good people which makes them happier. I was raised Christian but when I realized how fake everything was, I changed.
As stated before Epicurus was extremely stern of the belief in a god, why he asked would gods concern themselves with the concerns of humans. Buddha real did not concern himself with the question of God’s existence. Fear of death and the uncertainty of what happens to us after we die is a source of discomfort. We can choose another way. We can choose to become the authors of our own lives. This is true even if we have very little choice the raw materials we have before us in making those decisions that will affect the rest of our lives. We can accept our fates quietly and suffer the consequences or we can fight back and enjoy the freedom of open rebellion and resistance. By turning our lives over to a god the hope is we can avoid our freedom. In the attempt to escape our freedom we will fail. The fear of freedom leads us to the door of faith. Faith is the abdication of responsibility. But, late at night alone when our faith abandons us we face the truth that will not go away. Life has no meaning except the meaning we choose to give it. Epicurus taught us this is the beginning of happiness. By embracing our freedom without God we can now face life as a celebration to be indulged in and not a burden to be endured.
I'm an atheist and I'm very happy. Atheism has given me much more meaning than I ever had as a christian. Many religions restrict people from doing many things. This can lead to unhappiness caused by extreme restriction. Most religions favor men before women which put women immersed into the religion in a complicated position. Also, countries which have a high rate of atheism have a lower rate of crime (Denmark, Switzerland among others) while highly religious countries (Israel, Afghanistan ......) have significant corruption and crime. A general feeling of safety is a factor in the happiness of a person. I'm not trying to generalize that ALL atheists are happy and even happier than theists but they can be happy.
There are numerous surveys on the internet, carried out by various organisations, which aim to rank nations in order of happiness. Denmark was crowned the happiest nation in the World Happiness Report 2013 and seems to have consistently polled near the top of the chart. Interestingly, according to the Eurobarometer 2010 poll, 24% of Danes are atheist. That clearly isn't a majority, but it is a significant figure - one of the highest of any nation. Although this doesn't necessarily mean that atheists are happier than the religious, it should at least suggest they are as happy. Interestingly, only
The ones on the internet seem mostly grumpy. People who are happy about their worldview don't generally need to spend so much time defending it. While this isn't true of all atheists, I do sometimes wonder if in going on and on about it so much, atheists aren't trying to convince others really; they are trying to convince themselves.
Atheists are the ones always commenting about all the bad in the world (atheist Youtubers). If that wasn't enough there spending there time talking about how stupid religion is and how they are intellectually smarter (not entirely true they don't claim it but they like to act like it. All I am really saying is look around you read the comments see how most atheists talk.
Since I was young I was scared of there no being a god, I have told myself not to fear and to believe since I felt there was something out there. But after doing some research out of curiosity of looking for proof of god, I saw many researches and people commenting that god was fake. This ruined my image of god and gave fear and doubt into my heart. Fear and doubt of there being nothing after life, of just ceasing to exist. If that is what atheist feel like and have to accept then I who have felt this way say atheist are not happier when talking about death.
I am an atheist and have been most of my life. I was actually just talking to a fellow atheist about this and we agreed that our lack of religion actually causes a lot of our suffering. We feel that believing in a god would give our lives more meaning, and a more positive outlook.
While atheists can certainly have happiness in their lives, there is no greater joy to be experienced in this world than the one that is felt by those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior. The further Christians get into their study of God, the more joy they have because they know the truth. Atheists can claim to be happier, thinking they know the truth, but Christians are by far the happiest because they know what comes after that final breath here on Earth.
This is kind of a weird question. Is there a way to quantify happiness? Yes, religion makes some people happy. Atheism also makes some people happy. Religion and atheism are also probably reasons that some people are sad/upset/angry, whatever. Happiness is such a complex idea, that saying a single factor is a reason for it seems simplistic.
When we start to generalize groups of people so broadly that we reach simplistic conclusions about them, it can be very dangerous. One person may find comfort in their faith, but was unhappy from the beginning and sought out some form of faith to find comfort. Another person may feel guilt or shame in the same religion, but was happy before.
It can be a factor though. In my case I believe it most certainly is. I am much happier now as an atheist than I ever was as a Christian. Though atheism may not be the entire reason for this, I certainly feel that it is a contributing factor in my case.
What I would certainly not say is that religious people are happier.
Religion, or lack there of, has no set effect on a group of people. Though it may effect everyone in a different way, it has more to do with the person themselves. Some who are religious are happy, outgoing, etc. Some of these people don't believe in all the things listed in their holy book. They may even have ideas of their own yet still believe in their God(s)/Goddess(es). Some who are religious are not happy, and may very well be controlling (ie: 'God Warrior'). The same thing applies to atheists as well. Some are happy, some are sad. A factor is one's outlook on life; and their will to want to be happy. Some may give in too easily while others would fight for their happiness. How they fight for it depends on the person.
Met more happy religious people than atheists. And none of these nations were even dominated by a denomination. Religious people in general have no mission to make you agree with them unless you are getting in the way of their lives. Atheists on the other hand come in two kinds. The ones that keep to themselves and has no problem with religious folk, they do not believe in religion so have no care if anyone did believe in it. Then there's the atheists that insists on talking about religion and talk down on religions in an irrationally angry manner.