Misha Crews

Stories from the heart. Books that feel like home.

This world is living through some troubling times. All we have to do is log onto the internet or turn on the television, and it seems there’s nothing around us but trouble, sickness, and sorrow. If we believed everything that was on the news, we’d probably all crawl under the blankets and never come out. And yet, even when things look bleak, many people maintain a cheerful outlook.

Have you ever felt guilty about being happy? You walk outside on a sunny day, feel the cool breeze on your cheeks, catch sight of flowers blooming brightly or smell fresh-cut grass, and your lips can’t help but smile. Then you pull out your phone, read about the latest catastrophe, and immediately feel guilty for letting yourself have that one sparkling moment. Has that ever happened to you?

Well, if it ever does, please remember these three important reasons why it’s okay to be happy, even during troubled times:

1. You’re more effective when you’re happy.

When we’re happy, we tend to be calmer and more clear-headed. Our judgement is sharper, and we are better able to function and make decisions. In a troubled world, these are all important qualities: maybe even life-saving ones.

2. Happiness helps you stay healthy.

Numerous articles can be found which praise the value of happiness as it relates to health. It’s been said that being happy can combat stress and promote a healthy lifestyle. It’s even theorized that happiness can boost your immune system and protect your heart.

In a society which is riddled with illness, and yet constantly spending money in an effort to maintain good health, it makes good sense to start your healthcare regimen by staying upbeat.

We can sum it up with this simple motto: “Stay healthy: be happy.”

3. Happiness is a sign of strength.

We are surrounded by voices telling us that trouble is around every corner. Given the amount of noise and discord in the environment, one thing is certain: It takes a strong spirit to maintain a positive outlook.

When, among hue and cry of everyday disasters, you find something that makes you smile, someone who warms your heart, or a moment which gives you peace, seize it, and embrace the happiness it brings.

No one is cheerful all the time; grief and anger are a part of life, and we shouldn’t be afraid of them. But if you find yourself being upbeat, even when the jackals are braying that doom is nigh, that is a good thing. The world needs people who are effective, healthy, and strong.

Thank you for being one of them. ❤️

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