My immediate reaction when I read the post was that I didn't find being happy hard at all. I'm lucky enough, I thought, to be very happy. The more I thought about it though, the more I realised that Jaz had a very good point. It isn't that simple.
Then along came Yvonne's post 'See Me' - the anti-stigma mental health campaign and I started to realise that not only was Jaz so right but that the degree of 'hardness' could be extreme for some people and not just because of their own illness but because of people's attitude towards it. That was where the Dalai Lama's saying hit home for me .... develop a good attitude and heart and from this, happiness for both yourself and others will come.
So today if you are not happy think about just how much effort it will take to be happy and to make others happy too and then go and make that effort or take a tiny step along the road.
If, however, today you are happy or if you have made someone else happy with your positive attitude towards them join me in being thankful.