Health & Spirit

All Is Not Well: So Now What Choice Do You Have?

Marilynn Preston on

Accept your life as it unfolds, Singer teaches. Don't let what happens to you or around you make you miserable.

"The purpose of your life is to enjoy and learn from your experiences," writes Singer. "You were not put on Earth to suffer. You're not helping anyone by being miserable."

You can and should be concerned, aware, involved in whatever distressing situation comes your way, Singer explains, but you can't let it get in the way of your commitment to being happy. Well, you can, but that's not the path to personal well-being.

"Committing yourself to unconditional happiness will teach you every single thing there is to learn about yourself, about others, about the nature of life," writes Singer.

"You will learn all about your mind, your heart, and your will. But you have to mean it, when you say that you'll be happy for the rest of your life. Every time a part of you begins to get unhappy, let it go."

Easier said than done, it's true, but there's something else that's true.

"Regardless of your philosophical beliefs, the fact remains that you were born and you are going to die. During the time in between, you get to choose whether or not you want to enjoy the experience.

"Events don't determine whether or not you're going to be happy. They're just events. You determine whether or not you're going to be happy. You can be happy just to be alive."

So that's the Singer theory of unconditional happiness in a nutshell. Be aware. Be engaged. Do what you can to improve the lives of others.

And no matter what happens, just enjoy and be grateful for the life that comes to you.

Told you it was controversial.


"I'm not crazy about reality, but it's still the best place to get a decent meal." -- Groucho Marx


Marilynn Preston is the author of Energy Express, America's longest-running healthy lifestyle column. Her new book "All Is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being" is available now on Amazon and elsewhere. Visit Creators Publishing at to learn more. For more on personal well-being, visit

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