11 Lessons The Simpsons Can Teach Us About Happiness
The Simpsons, the longest running sitcom on television, has twenty-six seasons under its belt. Each year, new generations of children become fans of the popular cartoon show. Homer’s rants, Bart’s antics, Lisa’s goody-two-shoes behavior, Marge’s sensibility, and Maggie’s cuteness make people laugh. Hidden behind the wise cracking jokes and the sassy remarks is a lesson. Here are the eleven lessons the Simpson family is trying to tell us:
1. Your Family is Your Family, No Matter How Weird They Are
In almost every episode, Homer is seen wringing Bart’s neck or Bart and Lisa are seen fighting with each other. The biggest embarrassment of the family is Homer Simpson who spends more time on drinking than work. Even with Homer’s embarrassing nature, his family, even Bart loves him. In short, they accept each other as they are because they are family.
2. Always Fight for Your Family
The Simpsons on countless occasions have shown commitment to each other and have gone to the ends of the earth to support each other. For instance, when Homer believed that the apocalypse was coming, but he was wrong and everyone stopped believing him. The only people that stood by him in the end were his family, even if they knew that he had lost his mind.
3. Be Proud of Your Heritage
Through different characters, the show taught us acceptance of each other’s cultures. The character that stands out is Apu. Apu who comes from an Indian background proudly accepts his heritage. He finds and marries his wife through arrange marriage, which showed that your heritage shaped who you are as a person and you shouldn’t be ashamed of exhibiting where you come from.
4. Don’t be Bothered About How You Look
In the episode, where Marge became an entrepreneur owning a variety of gyms for ordinary women, Homer became conscious about his looks. He became afraid that she would leave him for a younger man so he got plastic surgery to look like a model. When Marge told him that she loves him as he is, Homer felt relieved. The episode reminded us that you shouldn’t try to change yourself for anyone, but accept yourself.
5. Money Isn’t Everything
With Homer earning a meager wage and Marge working as a housewife, they’ve learned to be happy in the absence of money. For instance, when Homer became a firefighter and began stealing people’s stuff, his family instead of being happy with the loot, frowned down upon him. Telling the viewer that the family doesn’t need a get rich scheme to be happy.
6. Take Care of Your Health
For the Simpson clan, their family’s optimal health is their main concern. They all come together to lend their support and help a member of their clan overcome various health problems. For instance, when Bart becomes super obese, his family goes to all lengths to help him reduce weight. They start cooking him healthy meals, help him exercise, and then finally send him to a fat camp to whip him back into shape.
7. Listen to Music
Music is known to improve people’s dull mood and for this reason, is the Simpson’s favorite past time. Just look at Lisa. She loves to play her saxophone and her mood is mostly optimistic. Other family members have also followed suit and occasionally, listen to music or watch a Broadway musical. Therefore, when you feel down, put on the beats to sing and dance.
8. Work Hard to Succeed
Repeatedly, the Simpson’s family has showed us their will to persevere, even when the chances looked bleak. Each family member has met with their individual hardships in the episodes, but has managed to overcome the obstacle by not giving up, but working hard to defeat it.
9. It’s Okay Not to Be Liked
Homer Simpson is a big brat who is always getting into some kind of trouble with people. His immature behavior has made him one of Springfield’s most hated residents. Does Homer Simpson care what others think of him? He doesn’t care the least bit. Apart from the haters, he has friends and family that love him as he is. Hence, people need to be more like Homer and know that they can’t please everyone.
10.Friends Are the Best
The show taught us an important lesson about valuing friendship. Each character in the show has his or her set of friends that they cherish. When one friend is in trouble, they leave no stone unturned, but work together to help him or her. Moreover, friends are a vital part of your life, as they make everything more enjoyable. The Simpson family is either helping a friend, receiving help, or making lifelong memories with them.
11.Don’t Change Your Personality to Impress Others
People’s desire to fit in, kills their uniqueness. You lose the individuality that people have known and liked you for. Sometimes, being yourself and not living up to other people’s standards is what sets you apart from others.
The Simpsons is more than a TV show, it’s a journey of misfits just like you, learning lessons along the way.
A Selection of Happiness Quotes
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
~ Dr. Seuss
The Paradoxical Commandments
“People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”
~ Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council
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