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[media-credit id=1 align=”aligncenter” width=”640″][/media-credit]A friend called me up the other day and she sounded so unhappy. I could tell from the sound of her voice that she was trying so hard to fight back tears. She complained about a lot of things, ranging from how she didn’t have a job to how her husband disrespects her; and a bunch of other really sad stories. When she was done, I was quiet for a couple of minutes, probably trying to process everything she had just told me and then I responded with “dont worry, be happy…Be more prayerful but, be happy”.
I could literally imagine her facial expression when I said that. To some people, that might have been the dumbest thing to say considering the situation, because it seemed like there was nothing to be happy about. Truth is, “you don’t need a reason to be happy, you need more reasons to be happy”. I got to learn the hard way that being bitter or unhappy doesn’t solve any problem, in fact, it adds to it.
Most of us must have gone through different things in our lives that almost broke us, some of us might have been in situations we never thought we will come out of alive, but here we are reading this article and probably smiling ( I hope). Happiness comes from within, and yes your frame of mind and situations contribute to it, but it should not totally determine it. Happiness is a state of mind, am not saying you should not look for solutions to your problems, and go around pretending to be happy like most of us do these days, am saying be happy for yourself, for your health, for your loved ones and most importantly, for God. Look for solutions to your problem, prayer is a very productive solution, try it. Talk about the problem, confront it and most of all, be happy.
Here’s a quote from one of my favourite t-shirts:
“live like spongebob, laugh out loud all day without any reason and annoy all the mean people with your happiness.”
As crazy as this might sound, its so true, ermm, maybe except for the “laugh out loud all day for no reason” part, only sponge bob can get away with that, if you try that very often, you just might be reading my next article from “yaba left” chained to a bed (lol). So scratch that, but I know you get the drift, right? Don’t worry, “be happy”.