The Declaration of Independence states that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are inalienable rights given to all people by their Creator. The pursuit of happiness is living life in such a way that makes you happy, as long as you do not violate the rights of others. The trouble is, it the pursuit of happiness is an unending pursuit. Happiness is based on emotions, circumstances, things, and people; it is fragile and fleeting.
Our Creator gives us life (John 5:24, Gal 2:20), liberty (2 Cor 3:17), and joy (John 15:11). Joy is our strength (Neh 8:8) that transcends all emotions, things, people, and circumstances, whether on the mountain-top or in the valley of the shadow of death (Ps 23).
May our lives be a pursuit of joy (Ps 63:1-8, Ps 112:4-7) and the hope and peace that accompanies it (Rom 15:13).