I particularly enjoyed Robin William’s portrayal of the true-life character Patch Adams in the movie by the same title. In a classic scene only Robin Williams could pull off, Patch Adams stands before the discipline board at a prestigious medical school facing expulsion for voluntarily caring for the sick and unfortunate. He is accused of the crime of…. “excessive happiness.”
In the stoic medical school and perhaps in many other environments today, happiness is discouraged like a disease. However, Patch Adams and Robin Williams saw it as medicine for the soul and a remedy for the hurting. Seems to me we all could use more happiness these days. May we all be prescribed a generous dose of laughter.
Take Away: Seems to me we all could use a lot more excessive happiness these days.