Happiness is Necessary

No one cared if I was happy. I wasn’t supposed to care if I was happy. Life wasn’t about being happy.

People that chased happiness were foolish and probably selfish. Happiness was transient. You would always be chasing happiness because you could never find a way to keep it permanently.

No one cared if I had food. I wasn’t supposed to care if I had food. Life wasn’t about being fed.

People that chased food were foolish and probably selfish. Food was transient. You would always be chasing food because you could never find a way to be permanently full.

People that believe the former would be aghast at the latter.

Happiness is a type of nourishment, though. We need it the same way we need vitamins, protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, exercise, rest, and more.

Happiness is not just an ephemeral thing we feel, happiness is the result of biochemical processes in our brain that we literally need to remain physically healthy and functional.

When we tell children that being happy is not what’s important, it’s like telling them that vitamin D isn’t important, that taking care of their teeth isn’t important, or that washing their hands isn’t important.

Happiness is a vital part of health and longevity, and it’s time we change the narrative to reflect that.

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