it's okay to share happiness

7:00 AM

Throughout college, throughout my life, really, I was always afraid to talk about my accomplishments or things that make me happy or positive things about myself.  I didn't want to seem like I was bragging or rubbing anything in.  I never know what people are going through, if they're going through something terrible while I'm talking about something great.  I don't know whether or not they'll actually be happy for me.  Maybe it sounds like I'm over-thinking this, but I have had these thoughts about other people before.

Why the hell are they telling about their great grades when they know I just failed a test?  
Ugh, not another engagement on Facebook.
Okay, great, I get it... your life is awesome right now.

Does anyone else do this?  I know it can't just be me.  But I don't know why we do that.  Why we don't think we're allowed to share our positivity with others and why we think they shouldn't share with us either.  Is it a societal thing?  Is it a gendered thing?  Is it just something that's all in my head?    It's strange because I don't always have the same reactions to similar situations or even to the same people.  No matter what's causing it or how I used to react, I know that I want to be happy for others and I want them to be happy for me.  Genuinely happy.  Because sharing happiness is one of the beautiful things in life that people can experience with each other.

Try it with me.  Try sharing your positivity and happiness with others, and try experiencing their positivity with them.  Whenever you're afraid you shouldn't share something with someone, do it anyways.  When someone shares good news with you, be genuinely happy for them.  It sounds so simple, but sometimes I think people forget to do these things.

Samantha | The Life You Love
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