“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink.” This is the first of many verses in Ecclesiastes that encourage people to rejoice and have fun in life (cp. Ecc. 2:24-25; 3:4, 12-13, 22; 5:18-19; 8:15; 9:7-9; 10:19; 11:7-8). The encouragement to enjoy life now is stated in the context of some other things that must be kept in mind. We are to rejoice now while we are alive because we will not be able to rejoice when we are dead.