Being cheerful on the outside can help you – and others – feel it on the inside

Being cheerful on the outside can help you – and others – feel it on the inside

Cheerfulness can boost your energy levels, even in tough times – as philosophers and writers have long recognised

The surest sign of wisdom is a constant cheerfulness,” wrote the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne in the 16th century. “Be cheerful,” commands Prospero – arguably the wisest of all of Shakepeare’s characters – in The Tempest. Yet the impact of cheerfulness – and the power it gives us to get through difficult moments in our lives – is hard to define and easy to disregard or dismiss, even as we strive to be happy.

  • Cheerfulness is a psychological and emotional resource
  • Cheerfulness differs from happiness
  • Cheerfulness is not optimism
  • Cheerfulness is also seen as the antidote to melancholy

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In Self and wellbeing Philosophy by Donna Ferguson

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