It seems lots of people do not know the difference. I grew up with this rule and I never had a worry in my life. Google define Hedonism as “the pursuit of pleasure; sensual self-indulgence” But this is not the golden rule. The golden rule is not being thought. The golden rule of joy is “Pursue righteousness and you will get happiness thrown in. Peruse happiness directly and you will get neither righteousness or happiness.”

This is what the Bible says in Matthew 6:33

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Notice it says “everything you need” and not “everything you want”. Needs and wants are two different things. Wants have to do with hedonistic points of view or self-gratification. The opposite of hedonism is self-restraint or moderation this are your needs that lead not to happiness but to joy. One can be happy and joyful but one can also be sad and joyful.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

In this passage, the message indicates joy and not happiness. Why joy and not happiness? Because joy is a greater state than happiness. Also in the same passage, notice the indication of self-control. Why self-control? Because it is the opposite of hedonism.

The absence of joy leads to depression