Did you know that one of the primary reasons people worry, is because they are afraid to be too happy? People actually worry that if we allow ourselves to be too happy, that others might think we’re selfish and insensitive.

Suppressing happiness is a terrible thing to do to ourselves. It won’t save anyone from their misery. In fact, it could possibly compound theirs and our own! Restraining happiness becomes a very serious issue if it is a response of the surviving person when a spouse dies. Far too often, the surviving partner worries that they might be perceived as “happy too soon.” The result is that the partner that is alive lives dead-like, afraid of what their children might feel or how others will judge them.

Consider me your cheerleader for getting happy in any and all circumstances. The only thing being happy will prevent is being sad! Nobody gets a medal for allowing sadness to linger the longest. There’s no virtue in it.

If you think I’m wrong, try this: Using your best imagination to visualize your own personal tragic fate…because you decided to be happy. Like a Shakespeare play— only it’s a comedy! Define your character. Build out the absolute worst case scenario like any disaster scene from a Michael Bay movie…with a “must save the world element” from the disaster you’ve created via your happiness. Think Armageddon or the Transformers. Add explosions and floods. The end of humanity is coming because you’re allowing yourself to be happy…and its being delivered by a hockey helmet wearing, chainsaw carrying, mutant amphibian. Go large in your mental production spending billions! Hopefully, when you realize how getting happy cannot possibly be worse than the movie you’ve just imagined…Chillax and get happy. Cast yourself in your own really-in-love-with-life-romance movie.

And with that, I’ll sign off with my favorite Willy Shakespeare quote: “Love me or hate me, both are in my favor…If you love me, I’ll always be in your heart…If you hate me, I’ll always be in your mind.”  It’s time to get with the program of today…and get happy! Life is for the living.

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