Helping Those in Need of Happiness
When I say that I work to make people happy, people look at me somewhat perplexed. When I explain that I do this both for individuals in one-on-one meetings and with crowds of people in clubs, theaters and other venues like that, they believe that I am some kind of a trickster or that I am making fun of them. Sometimes they even laugh at me, which I like, because laughing is good, at least that is what my life taught me time and time again. In fact, laughter is the essence of any man, woman, and child, and I work to get it out into the light of day.
Today, I am a comedian and a psychologist who works tirelessly on helping people find natural ways to improve life in general. This career choice might not the most common thing in the world, but I made it my own and I enjoyed every step of the process. Often, when I am interviewed by some journalists who wants to know how I feel about my wealth and millions of dollars I made in my career, I try to explain that happiness does not come from that money, even though I am truthful when I say I enjoy it thoroughly. Instead, I explain how helping people is the real reward I was always looking for and how I feel blessed that every day, I get a chance to do it again.
My life story was not always about laughter and happiness.
I grew up in a part of the world that was constantly in a state of conflict, either between nations or inside of our country. Born in an old aristocratic family, my life was always destined for an academic future and I knew I was going to study psychology, just like my father did. From a very early age, I realized that I had a knack for understanding people and each individual life they live.
I was happy to learn more and set off on my career in this profession, but when I was only 13 years old, another wave of political instability rocked our nation. Scuffles broke out on the streets between rival factions and random people became victims of the chaos that ensued. My beloved father, who was completely apolitical and just minded his own business, was one of them and my heart was broken. My mother, desperate because of what has happened, decided that we had to leave our country forever.
When we arrived here in the United States, I took many months to adjust myself to the new environment. I wanted to keep the family tradition and become a psychologist, but I was constantly sad and apparently nothing could change that. But then, one day, my mother surprised me and took me to my first comedy show in a small bar. It was a feature of several stand-up comedians and I loved all of them.
Here, I realized that happiness does not come without any effort, but instead we have to work to attain it. Immediately, over the next several weeks, simple jokes about life and other mundane things began to crop up in my mind. I started telling them to my friends and many of them would start laughing almost immediately. Somehow, I realized that I have a gift for comedy.
In that predicament, many would feel the need to choose if they want to be a comedian or a psychologist. But, I realized that this question is a false one and that there were no reasons why I could not be both. I entered college and paid my way through it thanks to my stand-up comedy appearances, while during the day, I was busy studying the subjects of my academic efforts that I loved so much because of my father.
In my mind, these two disciplines merged into a single concept where I constantly looked for ways to improve the life of all those around me. That is why, when I finished school, I started a psychological practice business and kept on working as a comedian. Today, after many years, I have several bestseller self-help books under my belt and also a couple of comedy specials I made for big TV networks.
I have a loving wife and two brilliant kids which I love more than anything in the world. My family supports me on my continuing journey of helping people and giving them happiness and I know that every time I touch a person either as a comedian or a psychologist, my father smiles at me, wherever he might be now. That is why I am so grateful for this life of happiness I received.