That’s the gist of the Peanuts cartoon, “A Convertible and a Lake.” Charlie Brown is prompted with a question by Peppermint Patty: “What do you think the secret of living is?” Charlie Brown’s response is complicated:
“The secret of happiness is to own a convertible and a lake. If the sun shines, you can ride around in your convertible. If it rains, you can say, ‘At least the rain will fill up my lake…”
Enter Snoopy. Patty gives him the same question, but Snoopy responds by kissing her on the nose. They scuttle away, leaving Charlie Brown to his confusion. Patty then scoffs at how silly Charlie Brown is.
A simple message, beautifully put: Everybody wants to be with the joyful, to be around those that are filled with love. Nobody wants to be around people that are confused – not even the confused.
It’s better to be simple and happy than complicated and miserable.