Does being religious require one to always be serious? Jesuit priest James Martin says it definitely does not. In his recent book, Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life, Father Martin reviews the surprisingly vast literature on the role of happiness in life and reveals the truly joyous lives of saints and revered people in all religious traditions. Father Martin points out that it is joy and an appreciation for life’s absurdities that can help us endure the inevitable tragedies. So, read his book, have a good laugh, think of things to be grateful for, and savor the joy.