Topics: Family, Emotion, Mother Pages: 3 (996 words) Published: August 27, 2013
Micaela Cook
Essay 01-Final Draft
Period 3

Have you ever really thought about how happiness is defined in a family? I mean, really thought hard. To me, the best word to describe a happy family is love. Tolstoy once said, “All happy families are alike, but that each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I believe that happiness is linked with unhappiness. I don’t think that happy families can just be “born happy.” There are trials and tribulations that all families go through to strive to repair the damages done. It’s all of the mistakes, all of the hurt, and all of the arguments that make a family come closer together. Unconditional love is the foundation of a happy family and allows everyone to have a real relationship with each other. Even if it means forgiving a sibling or parent for hurting you, you are going to do it because you love them. Being able to verbally express your thoughts and emotions and not be persecuted for that thought shows unconditional love and respect that the family has for one another. There is that certain bond in a happy family that allows each other to grow closer together after all the bad things that have happened.

I would say the family that my mother and step father run, is genuinely happy. The only reason we have a great relationship with one another and proceed to stay happy is because our family’s foundation is on Jesus. My mother has taught us to rely on Him and only Him. The Bible says in Isaiah 26:3-4 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” It’s proof that if you keep your mind and focus and trust in Him you will remain peaceful and happy. Put aside our religion, we do rely on the good laughs and memories to keep us joyful. We love getting together and everyone taking their turn making fun of each other or looking back on all the good times. Getting together to just have fun always makes...
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