Laughter is not happiness…..this is what I teach my students, and listeners. How can you differentiate laughter and smile from happiness. Before we explore this question, we first have to understand what happiness is. According to the great philosophers around the world, happiness is a feeling, while laughter and pleasure is a temporary state. The person laughing can be actually a sad person deep down inside while a happy person cannot be sad or in a state of grief. The problem arises when most of us run after pleasure rather then happiness. The pleasure is temporary and we achieve it with momentary activities like partying, drugs, and movies. However, happiness cannot be achieved by these useless activities. The question now arises, “how can we achieve happiness?” What one thing can provide us happiness? There are plenty of secrets of attaining happiness. However, I will discuss only one and I would suggest you practice it every day.


The gratitude is undoubtedly the universally agreed upon secret of eternal happiness. Unfortunately, very few of us practice it. Most of us don’t even know what gratitude is all about. Gratitude is being thankful and content with what we have. The law of gratitude will ensure you receive more and more. Once you understand this secret about the law of gratitude, you will attain eternal happiness. When you wake up in the morning be grateful for whatever you have. Be grateful to every single thing you have, look at your eyes, imagine how the life would be like without eyes. Be grateful to your hands, your legs, and every single thing given to you by nature. Be grateful for the nice people you have in your life. Be grateful that you can read this blog, be grateful that you are either reading this blog on a cell phone or on a computer or an electronic device. This means you can afford this device. There are millions of people in this world who cannot afford these devices. If I just start to count the things in our life that we all should be grateful for, I will probably need a million years to write a blog.

The problem arises when we focus on the things we don’t have and we don’t want. We tend to focus on the lack of money, lack of facilities that we have, or the negative people in our lives, and this negative focus is actually a complain in the eyes of nature. The laws of nature are blind, they don’t see who is following the laws, they just produce the results. They produce the result every single time -whether you want it or not- the results are bound to come. Therefore, don’t complain…..don’t find faults in others, don’t focus on what you don’t have and want. Instead focus on what you have and what you want. The law of gratitude ensures that you receive more and more. This receiving is not always tangential, most of the times it is intengential which includes the peace of mind and happiness. Happiness is achieved by being grateful. Just try this as an exercise, try to count the things you are grateful for in your life and you will start to feel happy. The more happiness you want the more grateful you need to become. This wisdom is not self created post or artificial wisdom I have described. This wisdom has been taught by all the great religions of world and is mentioned in all the religious scriptures of the world. Just decide today that you will be more and grateful every single day.

Hassaan Tohid

Hassaan Tohid


Dr. Hassaan Tohid MBBS, CCATP, CSOTP is a TEDx Speaker, Entrepreneur, Neuroscientist, Motivational speaker, Trainer, Certified Life Coach, and a Published author.

He has a career with three domains. An entrepreneur, an academic (neuroscientist, and a teacher), and a clinician (Addiction treatment).

As an entrepreneur, he is the founder of California Institute of Behavioral Neurosciences and Psychology. Where he leads the organization as the CEO. He is a trainer, a coach, and a teacher. His training includes Public Speaking, Research Writing and Research Data Analysis, Business training and coaching, life coaching, and Sales.

An academic he is a Neuroscientist and delivered a TED talk on his specialty Mirror Neurons and Dissociative Identity Disorder at TEDx UCDavissf and TEDxUAlberta. He has published over 40 scientific articles and written 3 books.

A clinician with substance use disorder treatment specialty. Dr. Tohid graduated as a medical doctor and chose mental health and substance use disorder as a domain of his clinical career.

Dr. Tohid has delivered lectures on the subjects of success, motivation, business, sales, and research writing and publishing in different languages to thousands of medical and non-medical students.

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