When I was in second grade and my parents constantly fought and eventually got divorced, my big brother always told me to smile. Smile, and it would be okay. Smile, try to be optimistic, and things would get better. And they did. It’s unhealthy to pout and be upset for extended periods of time, so I have continued to endeavor to live my life this way: smiling. I genuinely value happiness and optimism over anything else in life. If we are truly happy, I don’t think anything else really matters. It’s impossible for any individual to be happy at all times, but I still think it beneficial and uplifting to try.
Submitted by Alana