I just returned from a vacation where I had the pleasure of meeting numerous interesting people from all walks of life including one couple who are very religious. After several days of jostling and teasing each other about our respective existential views (with utter respect), to their surprise they concluded, "that I was one happy atheist." I suppose that their surprise stemmed in part from the mistaken view that lack of religious belief would somehow yield a pointless and solemn existence.
Atheism and Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)
Atheism facilitates living in the here and now.
It is argued that one way to achieve happiness in one's life is to always strive to live in the moment. Don't dwell too much on the past and try not to worry too excessively about the future. Instead, enjoy each moment to its fullest. I propose that atheism facilitates such an outlook on life.
This leads me to Horace's famous Carpe Diem quote. I contend that to seize the day and enjoy the magic of every moment is much more congruent with atheism than it is with religiosity. Please understand that I am in no way denigrating people's rights to their private beliefs. Rather, I am making a philosophical and existential claim that atheism is a much stronger conduit for carpe diem.