You have experienced pain.
If you’re old enough to read this – or even have it read to you – you have experienced pain.
It doesn’t matter why you felt the pain. It counts. To paraphrase Amanda Palmer’s reaction to “First World Problems”:
Who are you to judge another person’s pain?
Physical pain is a highly subjective experience. Applying that same standard to emotional pain just makes sense.
Here’s the pretty kick-ass flip side:
There are times that you are happy. There are times when you feel joy. And no matter how big or small the reason, it’s a subjective experience too.
You are allowed to feel them. You are allowed to rejoice in them. You are allowed to show your joy.
That’s what the “humblebrag haters” don’t seem to understand. There is no limited supply on happiness and joy. Heck, Facebook’s1 study seems to indicate that spreading your happiness encourages more happiness.
So do it. Right now.
I don’t care how big or small it is, how “important” or “unimportant”. For example, this description of @TranceWithMe’s desk had me laughing out loud:
Goofy, silly, but it brought a moment of joy to me.
On the other end of the spectrum, I am so deeply thankful for and head over heels in love with my amour, Cynthia. Enough that I’m thankful for every second that got me to where I could have this relationship with her now; enough that I feel cheated because every one of those seconds is one I didn’t have with her.
They’re both joy. They’re both things that made me happy.
Now share yours. Share something that made you happy recently. Wherever you see this blog, somewhere else, heck, even in real life, share something that made you happy.
Get excited. Make something. Do something. See something. And share it.
No matter how big or small.
1 Mind you, a HORRIBLY AND DEEPLY UNETHICAL EXPERIMENT– read the Slate article for a good breakdown: https://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/06/facebook_unethical_experiment_it_made_news_feeds_happier_or_sadder_to_manipulate.html