Happy, Snappy Lyrics

    "If it makes you happy
     It can't be that bad
     If it makes you happy
     Then why the hell 
     are you so sad?"
       ~Crow/Trott~

Hit Single

If It Makes You Happy was a huge hit for Sheryl Crow.

The song was the lead single from her 1996 eponymous album. It rapidly climbed to number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also earned a 1997 Grammy Award as the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

As an example of the timeless nature of its message or to illustrate that we simply keep recycling the past, Sheryl Crow and Miley Cyrus performed the song together for the 2009 VH1 Divas.

It still gets airplay, though it is doubtful that anyone ever considers the tune beyond its happy, snappy lyrics. Full of defiance and edgy attitude, its hook-line chorus speaks volumes about the general mindset of our society.

Sober Hollowness

Humans have an endless capacity to rationalize, so we routinely engage in not so bad type behavior that gives us a transitory buzz or thrill, yet we remain entrenched in sadness. We party on and on in apparent exaltation, but our lives have a sober hollowness about them that haunts our quiet hours.

It creeps up to disturb our times or introspection. It tracks us down no matter where we go. It whispers to us, demanding our attention.

Attempting to escape its incessant nudging, we crank the soundtrack of our lives up to the loudest decibels so we don’t have to contemplate its point. Or we over schedule to the max so our days are spent racing from one deadline and commitment to another.

No time to think, no time to consider the Big Picture of our life’s direction. But the emptiness won’t leave us alone for it is an ever-present reality sequestered in the shadows. We seek to silence it and fill the void with a smorgasbord of mind-numbing entertainment that always manages to fall short of their advertised claims.

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Consequences

If it makes you happy then why the hell are you so sad? Happiness is an elusive commodity. People clamor to possess it, chasing after it with a single-mindedness that borders on obsessive.

It fuels our engines, driving us to reach for the brass ring with all the gusto we can muster. In our push to achieve happiness, we often pay little or no attention to the possible consequences of our choices. 

Then, when we reap exactly what we have sown, we throw our hands up in despair or shake our heads in confusion. How is that demonstrative reaction possible? Seeds of superficial pleasure can only produce a crop of happiness equal to the superficiality of the seeds planted.

For the vast majority, the feeling of happiness is the be all and end all. Nothing else is more important. Everything must be subservient to the ultimate goal of looking out for number one. 

Self-fulfillment must be attained no matter what the cost. Its allure blinds us as our energy focuses with pinpoint intensity on being happy. Emotions are involved but authentic happiness is not rooted in feelings.

The divine conspiracy of grace . . .
The divine conspiracy of grace . . .
. . .finds its culmination in the cross.
. . .finds its culmination in the cross.

Recalibration

Sooner or later, sensory overload kicks in. Undeterred, we travel far and wide, willingly exhausting our resources as we search for the newest self-gratifying amusement.

If it makes you happy then why the hell are you so sad? Our culture offers a wide variety of diversions that promise happiness, but at best, it’s all fleeting. Despite the excesses of prosperity, many individuals remain mired in a hell of sadness.

In our determined pursuit, we have lost a truth we urgently need to rediscover. Happiness cannot be found in the temporal things or events of this world; happiness is not dependent on recreational delights or material circumstances.

The hollow emptiness in our souls has an insatiable quality that can only be alleviated by a supernatural tune-up. Our hearts must be reconciled to our Creator; our lives must be brought in line with his love and mercy.

Christ and Christ alone can recalibrate us to be a recipient of God’s grace, which allows us to enjoy and appreciate all that life brings. In the world’s economy, regardless of our extreme efforts we will only experience a veneer of contentment, but in Christ we receive the genuine article.

Rembrandt's painting of the Apostle Paul in prison portrays a man who has "learned to be content whatever the circumstances."
Rembrandt's painting of the Apostle Paul in prison portrays a man who has "learned to be content whatever the circumstances."

Balance & Comprehension

When he was an old man, Paul of Tarsus became a political prisoner in Rome. He had invested his life to “know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings.”

Paul, the nomadic tent-maker, had endured trials, hardships, whippings, beatings, imprisonment and shipwrecks. He had known hunger and thirst.

Yet reflecting on his life from the perspective of a jail cell he wrote to his friends in the city of Philippi, assuring them that he had “learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” His life was centered on Jesus Christ; therefore his joy transcended difficulties and tribulations.

What’s up with happiness is this: At its core, true happiness is encased within an inner peace that results from a proper spiritual alignment. That balance and comprehension can only be based on salvation found in Christ, which goes far deeper than feelings and the satisfaction of the moment.

All other versions of happiness will be inadequate and incomplete.

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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thanks Ken R for this hub, it bring out the truth about being happy and sad. The truth is there's no happiness with Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, we have to except God and his grace in order to be happy and fulfilled. Godspeed. creativeone59


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

My friends and I used to love this song but looking at it from your point of view it's so much more enlightening! Another great hub, Ken


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

Amen Ken, "worldly" happiness has been grossly overrated! Jesus is our joy, which then is our strength. Well said brother.

Blessings

UlrikeGrace


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Good hub. Things of the world can make you happy for a little while but not in the long term. Happiness from knowing your Savior is everlasting.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

creativeone59 - You're welcome. And amen to your words.

Ann Nonymous - Thank you. Glad you enjoyed this perspective.

UlrikeGrace - Amen to your words. Thank you for them.

Pamela - Thanks. You are exactly right.

Peace, blessings & much enouragement to each of you.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Interesting hub Ken, I concur that "true happiness is encased within an inner peace that results from a proper spiritual alignment. That balance and comprehension can only be based on salvation found in Christ, which goes far deeper than feelings and the satisfaction of the moment."

When all is said and done, I count it all joy in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Blessings!

Forever His,


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

Hi Brother Ken! As I read this excellent hub, the following portions really stood out:

"Attempting to escape its incessant nudging, we crank the soundtrack of our lives up to the loudest decibels so we don’t have to contemplate its point. Or we over schedule to the max so our days are spent racing from one deadline and commitment to another."

"No time to think, no time to consider the Big Picture of our life’s direction."

"Despite the excesses of prosperity, many individuals remain mired in a hell of sadness."

The Lord spoke to my heart a few days ago about the passage, "they have no rest day or night" ~ in reference to those in hell (Rev 14:11). Isaiah 57:20-21 also state, "But the wicked are like the tossing sea, For it cannot be quiet, And its waters toss up refuse and mud. 'There is no peace,' says my God, 'for the wicked.'"

Even God rested in His work-week of Creation. He tells us to "be still and know that He is God" (Ps 46:10). We really need to take TIME and reflect on Him, His Word, listen and ponder. Our physical bodies need rest, and so does our spiritual man. We get re-built to keep going, to heal, restore and be equipped to run the race with diligence.

Thank you so much for your insightful hub. God bless you!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

RevLady - Good to see you. Thank you for your words of affirmation. Be blessed & encouraged in the Lord.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Judah's Daughter - Thank you for your observations & kind words of encouragement. Very much appreciated. Peace & blessings to you.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Ken, a fine hub to jog the gears of a mind to function by looking inward and seeing what is there. If only people wouldn't lye to themselves, just another 50 grand and I'll be happy, just another 50 grand and I'll be happy, just another 50 grand and I'll be happy, just another 50 grand and I'll be happy, just another 50 grand and I'll be happy.

I see a vicious circle for some and I've lived it as well, thank you for a morning start.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you, Dusty. The "I'll be happy when . . ." syndrome is all too prevelent in our culture. Always good to see you. Peace & blessings.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Hello Ken another very inspirational hub here. I always feel good after reading your hubs because you enlighten me in so many ways. Thank you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

ladyjane - Thank you for your kind comments. Blessings & much encouragement to you.


lyricsingray 6 years ago

Im lost for words except to tell you what a well written, thought provoking interesting read. Damn. I must come by more often. Thanks love. Kimberly


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Good to see you, Kimberly. Thank you for your encouraging words. And I like your new picture. :>)


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E. Nicolson 6 years ago

I was thinking about this very subject the other day, and your hub has helped to put it in perspective. Thank you, Ken.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

E. Nicolson - You're welcome. Glad you stopped in & shared. Blessings to you.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

If it makes you happy than why are you so sad? So true.

This is a great hub and I have had the worst evening at work. I work in a bar and it is so difficult for me sometimes...the words you just wrote have helped me tonight greatly.

Paul learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” His life was centered on Jesus Christ; therefore his joy transcended difficulties and tribulations.

Okay, I get it, I get it. Think about Jesus and I can get through this too! Thanks Ken. I have been making it a point to leave more comments! :) Thanks for the help tonight.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Ghost Whisper - You're welcome. Glad you stopped in after work & very happy that this read was helpful. Thank you for sharing. Be encouraged in your faith journey.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

I like this one, I never stopped reading it, and thank you for inspiring us, your last paragraph said it all, Maita


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, Malta. I appreciate your affirmation.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Good insights. We usually confuse happiness with satisfying pleasure instincts. All things are good up to a point. It is a matter of perspective.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, dahoglund. You are exactly right about perspective. Blessings to you.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

beautiful and original idea. I liked this hub. Thanks for share.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

prasetio30 - Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. Blessings.

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