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Smile and the world smiles back!

  • Posted: 20/03/2014
  • Author: Thomas Kuzma
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Welcome back to a new week on ASPIRE. What has happened in the past week for me? The latest issue of my favourite comic book came out, giving me more insight into the world of Transformers! I went down to Sanctuary Point with my friends to celebrate a birthday and enjoy each other’s company. Finally I found out you can get the best sleep on a queen-sized bed. Sadly my single bed at home is connected to floorboards; looks like I’m stuck with it. Other than that I have been doing what makes me happy - writing!

Did you know today is International Day of happiness? No? Well, don’t worry, be happy! I have to say I’m glad we have days like this. With all the troubles of Putin on the Ritz in Crimea to planes disappearing off the face of the earth, it’s good to see we can take time to celebrate what we enjoy. Sure happiness isn’t an eternal feeling, but I am glad it’s not, because it’s the little things that make life truly special. We must also remember to laugh. For instance if you don’t think history is funny, just check out Hitler in shorts, I assure you, zey are from ze zummer collection, jawohl.

To those pessimists out there who aren’t that fond of a happy life, studies have shown that happier people live longer lives. In a study published three years ago, researchers from University College in London found that happier people have a 35% less chance of premature death. My older brother would say this is more the fact that people who live healthier lives tend to live happier lives. Who knows, he might be right, but have you ever seen a pessimist enjoy ice cream? I don’t think so.

What is there to be said about the spectrum and happiness? We experience it in a particularly unique way. The simple things in our interests can make us feel great! When I see a reference to Star Wars in Family Guy or Community, I feel over the moon! When my friend Benji mentions Pokémon I’ll have my 3DS out and battling him before you can say “Mewtwo”. There is however a different kind of happiness that can be quite challenging for us. When it comes to the topic of conventional happiness, the kind through such things as relationships, it is much harder. We don’t know how to handle certain social queues like reading body language and flirtatious behaviour. It is not that we are disinterested; we just don’t get the ‘hidden rules’. Luckily for me I have friends who have plenty of knowledge in this area to guide me out of dating disasters. Currently I love the single life, having an entire bed to myself is the true meaning of happiness!

George Carlin has stated “Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body”.  Now this can work for both Aspies and Neuro-typicals alike. I am sure we have all bought stuff that truly makes us feel happy, only for it to be a temporary measure. The problem that we face is that happiness is only temporary. What we need to feel is at peace. When we are at peace we feel free, and there lies happiness.

My Two Cents

So, what makes me happy? I would have to say being under a warm doona on a cold morning, reading Transformers, and watching Star Wars until the wee hours of the morning. I guess what makes me the most happiest though are my family and friends. Most of the happiest moments have been with them by my side. From my 21st birthday to getting my Recognition Award, Mum, Dad, my brothers, Babcia and my friends have all been there.


In Conclusion

Happiness is like a radio wave - it isn’t a continuous emotion. Otherwise we would never know what it is like to be truly happy. Happiness can appear through different situations or through moments that happen in our lives. The main thing we need to realise is that happiness, just like every other emotion is what makes life worth living. However we mustn’t become trapped searching for this perfection. To be happy is to be content and be at peace, that way you can truly be at peace. So for those who can’t seem to see the happiness in life, this week’s movie quote is from the movie Patch Adams

Arthur Mendelson: See what no one else sees. See what everyone chooses not to see... out of fear, conformity or laziness. See the whole world anew each day!

So what makes you happy? Is it going crazy broadway style? Or playing with cats? Let me know in the comments below! Until next week folks, enjoy the weekend, partake in games like board games, any except Monopoly, we know that breaks up more friendships than the argument between Star Wars and Star Trek.


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Smile and the world smiles back!