Have you ever felt a sudden sensation of inexplicable happiness? If so, then you know how wonderful such an experience is. The emotion comes from deep within us and some philosophers and psychologists are apt to call it the "qualia of feeling" i.e. precursors to emotions and which are borne out of the unconscious mind. The reason I bring it up is because I believe the origins of emotions are quite simple: we were gifted with an awareness of the world around us, to experience it with the five senses.
Of course with an amazingly wide range of human emotions it would be utterly unrealistic to feel happy all of the time. There are times and situations when it would be the last emotion you should be experiencing. But do keep these facts in mind:
- happy people tend to live longer than unhappy people
- happiness is therapeutic for people whom are physically or mentally ill
- happiness is linked to courage
You don't have to be a scientist to be aware of the corollaries between happiness, quantity and quality of life. You know that you perform better and have more energy when you're happy. It has the power to help you make a better way in this world.
Jesus instructs us to love others because we love Him. Through this love we can find the beauty in life and become happy. Embrace the warm feeling when it comes upon you because it is a reminder that you are alive. For we all have a right to be happy.
I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?
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