YouTube suggested I rewatch this clip from an old episode of The Mentalist today….
So, I did.
And it got me thinking.
The clip is below; the part I’m thinking of is short, between 0:16 and 0:24.
“Uh, cheer up.”
“…Because it’s better to be happy than sad.”
I’d just like to discuss that for a moment.
In the show, it’s just a cute moment where he’s trying to cheer her up, but in real life, that’s a thing I say.
I’m usually smiling. I can’t help it. Why shouldn’t I be? Yes, I have plenty of sad times and mad times and indifferent times- probably more than most people (oh, bless my over-feeling, INFP little heart, lol), but I make an effort to stay happy, or at least somewhat cheerful.
I’m really not sure if I come off as warm to other people, but the least I can do is be cheerful instead.
And oftentimes, people ask me about that, puzzled by my genuine-looking smile- which unashamedly displays my incredibly crooked teeth, I might add.
(Not why are my teeth crooked lol, but why am I happy).
Well… because. Because reasons.
I’m never sure. It’s never a specific reason. It’s not I got a raise, it’s not gas prices are down, it’s not I got an amazing deal at the Dress Barn today. It’s just…. because. Because I am. Because why shouldn’t I be?
What really gets me, though, is the fact that it puzzles people. Why do people find it so hard to believe? Why do you need a reason to be happy? Why can’t you just be that way? When did that become a thing?
If you ask me, the day happiness became an oddity is the day society lost a lot of its’ glamour.
I suppose people are just too busy. They have jobs, stress, meetings, families, relationship troubles, finances… how is there time for happy?
I guess I’ve just decided happy isn’t an option. It’s not a thing I can cross off of my schedule. It’s a fixture.
People wonder, why are you happy?
I just say, “Because it’s better to be happy than sad.”
Because it is. I mean, it’s really just that simple.
This life should be a happy one
For all who do partake it
For if it’s not, the fault’s your own;
As life is what you make it