We have been marketed. An overload of happiness marketing because we happiness sells.
On amazon.com, there are over 2,000 book titles with advice on the 7 habits, 9 choices, 10 steps, 12 secrets and 14,000 thoughts that are supposed to bring happiness.
I am not against happiness. I am a happy person but there is something more that God offers to His people. With the rise of depression, let me share some sad facts on depression:
Depression impacts about 120 million people worldwide. The World Health Organization predicts depression to become the second most burdensome disease by 2020, which means it will cost society, in terms of medical care, sickness and days lost from work, more than every other condition except heart disease. As one of the most well prescribed types of drug of all time, over 160 million antidepressant prescriptions are written annually.
taken from Best Natural Antidepressants By Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc and Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc Directors of Inner Source Health<http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/best-natural-anti-depressants>
When Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes he made a case that man’s pursuit for happiness is meaningless. Coming from a man of pleasure – it is quite a controversial statement.
So is there a way to be truly happy? If you could spare me 45 minutes, listen to the preaching I gave in our church on Man’s pursuit of happiness: