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Are you responsible for the unhappiness of others?

At times it seems like the world is made of two kinds of people, those that are happy and those who are not. How do you know when someone you are in a relationship with is unhappy? Well we all have those days when we don’t feel particularly sociable and it shows. However, if you are witnessing a chronic lack of sunshine coming your way then you may be inclined to assume that the other person is unhappy.

When you are in contact with a friend, family member or co-worker who appears unhappy, it is natural to wonder if you are at fault. What have I done? You may ask. What can I do to make it better? While we cannot be held responsible for the happiness of others, we can be responsible for the light we shed on another person.  While changing a frown into a smile may not always be possible, the best we can do is to keep smiling anyway and hope that some of our happy energy radiates to the brooding one.

You may not be responsible for someone’s unhappiness but you can certainly resolve to be responsible for someone feeling better about themselves. A smile, a compliment, caring advice and counsel go a long way to making as seemingly unhappy person feel a little better about their lot. Of course, it is a challenge to brighten the day of someone who appears perpetually unhappy. You may fear approaching, or even flashing a smile, at such a person. If you do smile and it is not reciprocated don’t get discouraged or take it personally.

  • Question of

    Do you feel responsible for an unhappy person?

    • Yes
    • No
    • Sometimes
  • Question of

    Do you often try to to comfort someone who looks sad?

    • Yes
    • No
    • It depends


What do you think?


Written by Gloridaze

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  1. I don’t think the responsability for my happiness goes to someone else. I’m the only one responsable for that. Others may do something that would make me unhappy, but I am the one that should deal with it, my feelings are my own.
    My point is, other people may do may things that would make us sad, but how we react is all up to us. Is that person important to you? Then talk to her and tell that what they did makes you sad. They keep doing that? Think if that’s what you want and proceed accordingly.
    In the end, the choice is yours, but don’t blame others for what you feel. At least that’s what I believe ?.


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