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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Become a positive force.

11:57 AM 10/11/2010

I came upon Claudiopoi's post hang-over scribble on happiness and optimism and how social norms keeps us from expressing our feelings.

From my own experiences, I have to agree that being expressive, most often than not, is a source of discomfort for most people. It's like there's an unwritten rule in society that unless you are in airports, weddings, funerals, or other similar venues and events where to be emotionally expressive is a norm, you'd better keep things to yourself.

This is sad because as humans, we were born to feel. What is sadder is that this unwritten rule is also even applied to a positive emotion such as happiness, and to optimism. Why should we be caged thus? "Happiness shared is doubled happiness," so goes an adage. To not share in someone's joy or share our joy with someone else is to rob ourselves of a chance to do something good, and at the same time enrich our life in such a simple way.

What really bothered me however is the thought that happiness and optimism may be regarded as overrated. That happiness is just an illusion believed by optimistic people; that it is not achievable.

I think people writing online ought to write more about happiness and joy than rants about everyday disillusionment. Sure there are days when one really has to bitch around just to get the toxins out of the system. But then, there should be more written testaments that life can indeed be good.

I believe that so much is happening within all of us, small wonderful things, that has to be written, to be described, so that they may become a light of hope for someone else. As I have written before about peace, the fact that there is a term for happiness is itself a manifestation that it exists; that it is real; that it can be real for everyone. Words are powerful instruments that can profoundly change people's lives. The right words can either erode one's faith, or it can reaffirm and inspire and help someone else achieve what was once thought to be impossible or not applicable. If we write more about happiness, we demystify it. We make it more achievable, seeing that we ourselves have been able to experience it in our own lives even without being as popular, as rich, as accomplished, as powerful, as perfect as those whom society thinks has all the happiness in the world. 

Let us write about positive things. Let us describe how we have been, how we are, and how we can still be happy. Let us become a positive force. :)
kaigachi is a conjugation of the Japanese term "kigaicha" or crazy. It roughly translates as "crazy about something."

"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious." - C.Jung

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