People’s laughter and happiness   Leave a comment

Laughing gas

Laughing gas

Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas is composed of Nitrogen and Oxygen molecules. It is sometimes used in dentistry as an anesthetic. When breathed, this gas causes us to laugh and experience an euphoric feeling. Some also use it just to have fun.

Some people argue that breathing it in excess causes brain damage and so on.

Well, why mentioning it?

In this world we are living in, we see people laughing, they have a smile on their face but is it the true story inside? Does this laughter emanates from a joyful heart and satisfied soul?

What I mean is this : Even if many people laugh and smile that does not mean they are happy and satisfied with the way they are living in. It’s as if they are taking a dose of laughing gas everyday just to make them laugh a bit and make people believe they are happy. But NO, this is a lie!

Some will go to a party, drink a lot just to forget their problems. Under the influence of alcohol they experience a kind of relaxation. But when he/she becomes sober, he/she is a miserable man/woman. Same for the drug addict and smokers, they experience relief/ecstasy just for a while. What about those who have sex and wake up with guilt? The pleasure they got was just for a while. Is this happiness?

But let’s forget about alcohol, drug, sex, cigarettes for a while. Let’s talk about those people who are not in these categories.

I’m talking about those living a ‘good life’, he/she has money, he/she succeeded in life, has a good job and enjoys good health. I’m talking about this well respected person who has everything.

Are these people really happy? Perhaps they will buy themselves a luxury car, jewels, expensive clothes, a castle or great stuff just to give them some pleasure. But it appears to me that they are still not satisfied. It is as if those cars, jewels, gold, clothes are just their dose of laughing gas. It is their way of giving them pleasure.

Many books have been written on this subject of “How to be happy”. Everyone wants to be happy and they move heaven and earth to pursue it.

What Happiness is not:
It is not laughter, it is not a smile, it is not pleasure. It is not related to any kind of addictions.

Your body might be longing for materials and this satisfies your body but don’t forget you have a soul and a spirit. Satisfying only your flesh will not make you happy. Some people have everything they want and are still not happy but some people don’t have everything they need but are happy. What is the secret? There’s no secret, it’s simply because their soul and spirit are being nourished. Your soul and spirit can be satisfied only by non tangible things. Only spiritual things can make your soul and body happy. Only God can meet the needs of your soul and spirit.

What happiness is?

The bible uses this term “blessed” to describe happiness. Happiness is a blessing.

“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven,whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them” Romans 4

“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 11:28

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways,and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;those who hold her fast will be blessed.” Prob 3:13

Seeking God’s wisdom yields happiness and blessings. Being forgiven of one’s sins releases the soul of a heavy burden and allows your soul to breathe. When you do what God says, you’ll do what is right and protect yourself from sad events.

The word blessed is used 389 in the bible and it’s really different from the way the world perceives it. Are you poor, rejected, dying of hunger or in calamity? Happiness can be yours Jesus said in Mat 5.


Posted June 12, 2011 by Cedric in Thought-provoking

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