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Fight! For Your Right! To be Happy!

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Fight for your right to be happy!
“You gotta fight for your right to party” (Beastie Boys 1986 License to Ill), and when we hear of
going to a party it is hoped you have happy feelings. But do we have to fight to become happy?
The word happy is believed to have been coined in 14th-century literature. The word happy has
been in use for a long time. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, happy was first used
in the late 14th century. At that time, it meant “lucky, favored by fortune, being in advantageous
circumstances, prosperous.” The sense of “very glad” was first recorded in the late 14th century,
and the meaning “greatly pleased and content” is from the 1520s (etyonline.com). However, I’m
willing to bet that since the dawn of man, they have been fighting for their happiness; just
staying alive would make me happy. In the United States Declaration of Independence, being
happy is expressed. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that their Creator endows them with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,
Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” See, it’s right there. We were fighting for our rights to
be happy. It’s your right to be happy!
Now, why aren’t you happy or not as happy as you want to be? Those ideas are covered in our
articles and probably many more that have yet to be addressed. It’s your inevitable right, even a
law according to our Declaration of Independence! Maybe it’s not the “things” that are holding
you back. Is it possible that it’s you and not the events, personal matters, finances, or a particular
person in your life? So, what about you? Are you lacking the desire to get up and find your
happiness? Fight for it. It has shown that being happy does affect your health. I assume you want
to be healthy; happy can help fight illness or diseases. According to Mind and Body magazine,
an article written by Kira Newman on July 28th, 2015. “In a 2008 study, researchers monitored
76 patients suspected of having coronary artery disease. Was happiness linked to healthier hearts,
even among people who might have heart problems? It seemed so: The participants who rated
themselves as happiest on the day their hearts were tested had a healthier pattern of heart rate
variability on that day.” The article concluded there were five significant effects of how being
happy keeps you healthy.
• Happiness protects your heart.
• Happiness strengthens your immune system.
• Happiness combats stress.
• Happy people have fewer aches and pains.
So yes, there is a fight to maintain your happiness and health. But you don’t have to fight it
alone. Surround yourself with happy people. These could be friends you already have, and if not,
join a gym or attend a local establishment regularly or semi-regularly. Eventually, you’ll get to
know people. Other methods are attending church and joining clubs like nature walk clubs, bike
clubs, or anything involving a group of people. But whatever you do, don’t give up.  Keep fighting for
your right to be happy

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Craig Gallaugher

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