Today, happiness for me means that I am surrounded by people that love me, doing things that make life worthwhile, and never turning my back on people who need me. I am happy when I get five minutes to reflect on my day, and I feel accomplished when I can see progress. I smile at my favorite shows, and I sing to my favorite songs. I dance when no one is looking, and I act silly when everyone is looking.
I have to do these things. They make all the negative aspects of everyday life feel a little less detrimental. The people I allow around me make me smile and fill my heart with the joy that the world is missing.
If one thing could change the world, happiness can do it. Maybe if we spend one less day worrying or one less day bickering at our loved one, the world can change. I really believe that. I have to believe that.
Laughter is really the best medicine, so maybe we should laugh at the people that want us to be mad and at each others’ throats. One person at a time…I intend to change the world. Will you laugh with me, smile with me, and love with me? Will you turn anger into progress rather than digression? Will you turn hate for an enemy into awareness? Will you pay forward the good faith someone else has given to you?
In community, I stand with you and genuinely care for you. Now, if you turn your nose up when I write that I care about you, then I am talking to you. You are the one person. Instead of turning your nose up, smile. Instead of rolling your eyes, laugh. Instead of scrolling, read this again.
Now, in the words of Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t Worry…Be Happy!”