The Right to Smile August 14, 2015 – Posted in: Blog, Inspiration – Tags: , , , , ,

You can solve a friend’s problem by providing information that will take him or her out of the mud and make them feel like they can move forward with something. I’m always doing this. It’s as simple as sharing a blog post, offering a book they may need and providing uplifting words that encourage them to action, or even by simply showing them that they have a positive side that they should be treasuring and feel proud about.
It doesn’t help in anything, saying to a person that his life is difficult, that he will die (maybe sooner than expected) or that he should worry about how much money he has in his bank account. Life is difficult for everyone, and I bet that, not long ago, when people didn’t had computers, clean water, a shower or money to travel to other countries and experience new lifestyles, life was much more difficult than it is now. Suffering and dying is indeed part of life, but is life only about this? Being able to smile, appreciate the beauty that surrounds us, the fact that we’re not alone in our struggle, that we can afford to eat what we want without worrying about it, should at least make us feel more worthy of appreciating life. Or should I say obliged? Is being happy an obligation or a prize? Maybe it’s just a choice. The best thing you can do for yourself, or against a difficult past, present or future (if you ever have a terminal disease) is to be able to look back at your life and say “I was happy and I did what I wanted”. Or better yet: “I made others happy and I helped them, even if they didn’t want to be helped or couldn’t appreciate it”. I am complete!

Mark Brightlife

Author of “Overcoming Depression”

Unrealistic Depression