I generally try to tune in to Dennis Prager's show, especially for the second hour on Friday. That's when he does his hour on happiness. If you're not familiar with Mr. Prager and his thoughts on the moral imperative of being/acting happy, this review of his book, Happiness is a Serious Problem gives you the basics.
So, here's the show from 2/16/07- Happiness Hour
I like at the beginning how he talks about the fact that we need more than just God to confide in. It goes something like this (starts at the 7;41 mark on the audio)-
You can't say you don't need people because you have God. Look at how we were created. God creates man specifically Adam and says it is not good for man to be alone, and then creates woman. (Here's the important part) Adam had God, Adam did not have a person and still God said he was alone. God is necessary but not sufficient. God doesn't claim to be sufficient. Where does God say or even imply that?
(As an aside, I'm glad I'm not a transcriptionist. Just trying to get this much of it word for word was too much!)
That was...enlightening, and at the same time fits so well into what I already know and believe. It ties in nicely to the people who say, "I don't need to go to church, I've got God with me all the time". That's not really the point now, is it? Throughout salvation history it's ALL about the community and your ties to that community. It's true of the Church today as well. God is certainly sufficient as the source of our salvation, but he gave us each other for a reason.
This post took a different turn from where I started, but I think talking about the importance of community is important too.
More on this later, and I'm interested in your thoughts on how community affects your life and impacts your happiness.