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Do humans really deserve to be happy?

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Last Updated: 05/12/2020 at 11:44pm
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March 26th, 2015 5:02pm
Everyone deserves to be happy. Even animals. We were not put on this earth to suffer and be sad and upset all the time.
April 30th, 2015 5:18am
While I mimic the sentiments found in the other answers I feel like you want a more in-depth answer than the benign "Yes, we deserve to be happy because we exist". So, first off, I guess I would have to say no, we don't deserve happiness. But on the flip side do we deserve unhappiness? I believe that we should have access to the best of ourselves and have the ability to flourish and grow. Meaning I believe we should be surrounded by environments that are cultivated to provide support and understanding. We should have access to methods that allow us to express a wide range of emotions and not get tied down to the negative ones by a chemical imbalance in our brain or environments that don't provide care and support. The best way to look at it would be that I would like us to have the capacity for a wide range of emotions and have an environment that accepts us and allows us to express them. Emotions are not bad. Even ones like anger or anxiety. They just are. But if you really think about would you feel if you were able to express your emotions, get a huge amount of support and understanding from the people in your life, get the medication you need if it actually a chemical imbalance in your brain (please seek medical assistance if you have questions regarding that), and are able to understand your emotions and work through them? Would you feel content? Obviously, life sways a lot of our emotions, and that can not always be helped, but with a support network and mutual understanding we would be able to handle more of the things life throws at us. Maybe that is happiness. I don't know. But I believe that is what people mean when they say we deserve to be happy. We deserve to have the opportunity to flourish and grow. And that usually leads to happiness.
March 29th, 2015 6:11am
Being happy is quite literally beneficial to our health. Studies have shown that happier people actually live longer! So I believe humans do deserve to be happy, as it is a part of our human nature.
August 31st, 2015 1:41am
Every human, no matter what has happened in the past, deserves to be happy. Life is too short to be unhappy.
May 3rd, 2015 12:35am
I don't know if deserve is the correct word, but I believe everybody has a right to live a happy life so long as they're not hurting anybody or breaking any laws. Sometimes happiness isn't easily achieved by some people who are struggling with illness, family troubles, addictions or mental health problems. But that doesn't mean that they're less deserving, it just means they need to work a little harder to get the happiness and peace that they want.
July 2nd, 2015 6:28am
I think we all do. I believe if everyone's happy, no one will envy and no misdeeds will be done. Sadness can be contagious. And truly happy people would like others to stay happy too, so it's a win-win. It's all about the win-wins.
August 8th, 2015 9:43am
"Deserve" is an interesting word. I think being happy depends on what we've done. You can only "deserve" something if you are deserving. What have humans done? Hurt animals, label each other, cut trees and ruin habitats. But, people deserve to be happy. Humans are those mammals who believe they are God and are on top of the entire chain. People is being specific to you and me and just Homo sapiens and their interactions with one another. Even then, you truly only deserve happiness if you make others happy. I mean, if you hurt a person a day and then wonder, "Why do I feel this miserable and alone?," you don't deserve happiness. Not the way you're going. So, if you're unhappy, make yourself deserving of happiness. Personally, I think the question to this thread should be, "How can humans become deserving of happiness?" The answer to that question is very simple: be a good human being. Do what you feel is right and don't destroy everything in your path.
December 28th, 2015 7:58am
Yes, everyone deserves to be happy, if they are poor, depressed, have disabilities etc they deserve to be happy
April 18th, 2015 1:56am
I believe happiness is something we are strive for. As far as deserving it, most defiantly. Happiness looks different to everyone, one persons happy may not be another persons happy.
April 11th, 2015 3:19am
Yes, we do deserve to be happy. No matter what has happened, or what is ahead- we deserve happiness.
May 7th, 2015 5:02am
Of course! Every human deserves happiness. Sometimes we need to work harder because circumstances make us work more than others for it, but in the end we do deserve it.
May 22nd, 2015 2:57am
Yes, I like to think of it as if we weren't suppose to feel an emotion then it wouldn't exist. We all need something to be happy/excited about.
October 27th, 2015 6:11am
I believe all humans deserve to be happy. Why live in a world where everyone's upset, down, or whatever else. Happiness and joy bring light to the world. If it were possible for everyone that be happy, I feel the world would be a better place
November 21st, 2016 4:16am
Do you deserve your arms, your hands, your eyes? You were born with them; you acquired the right to them before you were born. You don’t have to earn them; they’re yours. It’s the same with happiness — you were born with the ability to be happy, and though you cannot be all the time, you definitely deserve to be! How about looking at it this way — life is just a mess of colors of the rainbow, red and orange and yellow and green and blue and indigo and violet. Happiness represents yellow. So if you take away yellow, what happens to the world? Imagine it without the sun, without the light. Somehow yellow manages to make everyone happier, and influences the people around it. That’s you, even when you’re not happy, but even more so when you are. You’re brilliant. You’re amazing. So yes, humans do deserve to be happy.
February 27th, 2018 7:20pm
Of course; mental health is just as vital as physical health. It's not more or less important than the other. Being happy, even for a short period of time, helps improve mental health. Yes, humans can be flawed, and some can be very cruel, but for the most part, humans as a species do deserve happiness. It's a big part of our will to live as a species; spite only goes so far.
April 9th, 2015 7:19am
Yes, humans deserve to be happy. Who would not want to be happy. We all deserve no matter who we are, what we are and what we've been through. Being happy is essential in our existence. The mere fact that we experience happiness make us feel that there's still hope for everything. Yes, humans deserve to be happy amidst the unfortunate events that we have been through.
June 30th, 2015 1:45pm
I believe humans deserve to be happy because being sad is like living a slow and painful death everyday.
September 28th, 2015 11:16am
Humans definitely deserve to be happy. Every human does I believe the purpose in life is to find happiness.
November 10th, 2015 8:18am
Of course we do. We deserve it, especially if we work hard and we help other and we share. We deserve happiness because we are creatures with emotions. We are the reasons for our own happiness.
December 29th, 2015 11:14am
Of course,No doubt!. Humans are the top predators on earth and they have inherited dominion over it.
January 4th, 2016 11:13am
Of course! We all deserve to feel happiness. Without happiness we would not know how to value the small things and we'd end up forgetting what it's like to love.
January 4th, 2016 1:22pm
Yes. It is something we are born with I believe. Happiness is an innate quality/emotion. We are born happy.
March 21st, 2016 6:35am
Absolutely, positively, yes! The world would be a better place. But to be happy all the time is unrealistic. The other emotions are very important. Its healthy for humans to express all types of emotions. Do humans deserve to be happy? I'll say it again. Absolutely, positively YES!!!
April 18th, 2016 12:01pm
Humans do deserve to be happy. All living beings deserve to be happy and living life on earth is best spent happy.
August 1st, 2016 9:27pm
Humans deserve to be happy since we only live one life and I think we should make the best out of it
September 10th, 2016 11:48pm
Yes of course! Everyone deserves happiness in their life. :)
September 13th, 2016 10:39pm
Yes everyne deserves to be happy even though it's not that easy sometimes. But don't blame yourself for that. Happiness is nothing that comes easy. Sometimes it needs a little practise.
September 26th, 2016 1:41pm
Yes humans do deserve to be happy. We live on this earth once and we need to make the best out of it. I would want to personally know at the end of my life that I really did live life to the fullest.
November 7th, 2016 7:20pm
Depends on what your viewpoint of happiness is. Everyone will have their own definition of happiness, so in my opinion, as long as you personally feel happy, I feel all people should deserve to be happy.
November 14th, 2016 1:50am
Absolutely humans deserve to be happy. We deserve it just as much as anything, the way humans can care about each other, and the compassion we feel for other creatures, and humans is a beautiful and complex thing that not many other things have the capacity to feel. These feelings also come with great sadness at times and its almost a sure thing that we will feel sadness. The fact that we have the courage to push through shows we deserve happiness.