The Essentials to Happiness by, Alexxandra Shuman, caught my interest merely from the title. I was going into this essay to see how I can be more ‘happy’. Alexxandra in her essay tells the essentials of happiness through stories of her past.
Alexxandra said she was reaching a so-called “darkness” about herself during the early grades of school. Only till after being diagnosed with clinical depression and treatment was taking effect, she realized:
“When I began to feel happy again is when I realized that I had to take the responsibility for getting better myself, rather than relying on medication and therapy alone.” (Alexxandra, The Essentials to Happiness)
Alexxandra believes the philosopher Aristotle’s quote to be a mirror representation of what she had to do to achieve happiness. Aristotle said, “To live happily is an inward power of the soul,”. I appreciated Alexxandra’s approach towards her idea of happiness. In the essay, she writes about how happiness is often portrayed as “having a lot of money” (Alexxandra, The Essentials to Happiness) But through a very enriching moment with a nine-year-old girl named Marilyn, Alexxandra realized what with the right mindset truly make us happy. Her answer? Love and hope.
I connected to the essay because I had an old friend who was depressed and just recently took her own life. Depression is a very serious illness and often gets underestimated of the effects that depression has on people. With this new knowledge of happiness, I hope to enhance my friend’s and my family’s lives filling my life with love and hope, ultimately making happiness for myself and others.
Link to Essay: https://thisibelieve.org/essay/2578/