I believe Aristotle is right, that happiness is essential in life, and furthermore, laughter truly is some of the best medicine. As they say, life is short, and happiness makes life unforgettable. One person’s concept of happiness may be contrary to another, as happiness varies by individual and cultural definitions. While some define financial stability and career success as the elements needed for a life of happiness, others feel friends, family, and meaningful relationships mean the most.
Regardless of individual definition of the term, happiness is a feeling that each person, regardless of race, religion, gender, country of origin, circumstance and past experience, is entitled to in life. Experiences dealing with grief, loss, fear, guilt, depression, anxiety, codependence, anger, resentment, and shame all have the power to make happiness seem like something out of reach, and as humans, we all feel these kinds of emotions during various times in life. During times like these, it’s important to remember the things that make each of us smile, that lift our hearts and mend our souls. Happiness is life’s greatest gift, and it’s deserved by all.