Is it all right to be happy?

There are books and movies that make us laugh. There are funny people and incidents. There are the smiles of little children on the playground, or a concert in the park on a summer evening, or the stunning beauty of a spectacular mountain view—things that fill us with good and happy feelings.

But there can also be times when, looking at life from a global perspective, we find the tragedies of so many of the world's people weighing heavily against the simple joys and pleasures of our own experience. And, of course, often there are plenty of hard struggles to contend with close at hand. It's easy to see why the serious concerns we may feel about the human condition can sometimes cause us to question whether we really have a legitimate right to be happy.

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