These past few years mental health issues seem to be on the rise and these discussions have become more prevalent, especially among celebrities. Between Michelle Williams, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Emma Stone and Keira Knightley coming out to talk about their struggles with mental health, and between the ones that we lost to those struggles this year, (Kate Spade, Avicii, Anthony Bourdain), it really makes you wonder what exactly leads to happiness and that level of sadness. Money and fame clearly don’t contribute to happiness but if the goal is to be happy, what leads us there and what can we avoid?
Most of these pressures seem to actually come from public approval. It’s normal to seek it but we have to find love within ourselves in order to not obsess over who is talking about us or what they’re saying. Life becomes a performance where if we aren’t doing well, we feel the need to hide that and portray something else instead. For celebrities, their life is in the spotlight so they aren’t necessarily able to hide what’s going on.
Take Ariana Grande’s tweets when she was clearly going through it: