The Hard Work of Being Happy

Last night, I was reading an profanity-laden, emotional rant which at the heart of it, is probably one of the most important things you could read this year.

It’s an article written by David Wong, on 6 harsh truths that will make you a better person.

There was a section that I loved, so I’ve quoted for truth.

“Remember, misery is comfortable. It’s why so many people prefer it. Happiness takes effort.

Also, courage. It’s incredibly comforting to know that as long as you don’t create anything in your life, then nobody can attack the thing you created.

It’s so much easier to just sit back and criticize other people’s creations.

This movie is stupid. That couple’s kids are brats. That other couple’s relationship is a mess. That rich guy is shallow. This restaurant sucks. This Internet writer is an asshole. I’d better leave a mean comment demanding that the website fire him. See, I created something.

Oh, wait, did I forget to mention that part?

Yeah, whatever you try to build or create — be it a poem, or a new skill, or a new relationship — you will find yourself immediately surrounded by non-creators who trash it.

Maybe not to your face, but they’ll do it.

Your drunk friends do not want you to get sober. Your fat friends do not want you to start a fitness regimen. Your jobless friends do not want to see you embark on a career.

Just remember, they’re only expressing their own fear, since trashing other people’s work is another excuse to do nothing. “Why should I create anything when the things other people create suck?

I would totally have written a novel by now, but I’m going to wait for something good, I don’t want to write the next Twilight!”

As long as they never produce anything, it will forever be perfect and beyond reproach”


That’s the point, it’s so much easier to be miserable .. but no-one wants to be miserable.

No-one likes that person though. Not even you like that person.

Happiness takes hard work, a lot of hard work.

It’s not just an emotion, it’s a style of life.

I want you to do something, not for me .. for you.

Think of one thing that you can improve about yourself that would make you a happier person.

This is not stuff like I want to get a girlfriend, I’m going to make lots of money. 

I want you to focus in .. on .. you

Then go do it.

This is not hard.


If you’re not happy, you can be.

You just gotta go out there and grab it.


Jimmy Young
Jimmy Young

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AMAZING!!!! This puts things into perspective thankyou!!