Are you happy or are you just pretending to be?
Happiness starts from within ourselves and if we are just pretending, then we are doing ourselves a great disservice. Obviously we can’t be happy all the time, but it is important to be true to yourself.
We have so many distractions in our lives that make it difficult to be happy all the time. We have to deal with unfortunate situations that can be difficult and it’s okay to have times when we are feeling a little depressed, but don’t lie to yourself and pretend that you are happy. It is one thing to put on a so called brave face when you are out, but it’s another thing to lie to yourself. We don’t want to put our problems on other people but we need to listen to ourselves when we don’t feel right.
I have a friend who told me that lately they haven’t been feeling too happy. This person has a lot going on and it’s been a bit overwhelming. I commend this person admitting their true feelings, why shouldn’t they be able to tell me? Your friends are the people you should be able to talk to when you are feeling down. Even if it’s just to have someone that will listen to you. Our society makes us think that there is something wrong with us if we are feeling depressed. Well honestly, that’s crap.
I’m impressed with anybody who can openly admit that they are not feeling happy or that they are feeling a little depressed. It shows that they are strong enough to know that something isn’t right and are willing to take action to make it better. It takes a strong person to admit that. Forget how you are supposed to act. Be yourself and be true to yourself and everything will eventually work out in a positive way.
Why do people think that being themselves is a bad thing?
Do they not like themselves and who they are? And if they don’t like themselves shouldn’t they be trying to do something to change that?
Everybody is different in their own way and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s not possible to make everybody like you and you shouldn’t try to, but if you act like the person you aren’t then how will you know if anybody really likes you at all? Or is it more important to act like your life is as good as you make it out to be on Facebook?
Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
By not pretending to be something you’re not, you will make it easier to believe in yourself. There aren’t many things more important than believing in yourself. And ultimately it will make you happier and then you can help make others happy.
Daniel Maher is a father of two, retired iron worker, sport fanatic and spirituality-inspired novice writer. He spent 19 years of his life working as an Iron Worker. He built hundreds of buildings and loved what he did for a living until four years ago, he had a life-altering accident. He fell on the job and suffered a severe spinal injury. His life has never been the same and has had to examine what defined him as a man, husband, son and father of two. He has had a long road to recovery with many challenges, both physical and emotional. He has found inspiration in the world around him, from the incredible friends who stood by him during the most challenging moments and from everyday life and events. The yogic philosophy texts his wife has all around the house may contribute, as well. Life is challenging and there are no guarantees, but Dan feels our own perception defines the quality of our life. What is your perception?
Editor: Maja Despot
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