I believe that when we die, we take the spirit of whether we believe that we will be raised from the grave with us; and that by that same spirit we shall be resurrected.
Some choose to believe that there is no heaven, no place of paradise; and for them I believe that they will not see it, simply because that is what they have chosen to believe.
Okay… Now that is simple faith (either for or against/proponent or opponent).
So, if I must believe in order to receive the gift of everlasting life–then the same holds true for the blessings in this life.
We must believe wholeheartedly that we shall see the goodness of God manifested in the Here-and-Now in this life.