Thursday, June 26, 2014

Happiness Is Not for Everyone

If I read just one more article about How to Be Happy I shall run screaming into the night, never to be heard from again. There's one of those online today, originally published in Psychology Today, the magazine aimed at all those wildly neurotic people who become shrinks to try and make themselves feel less crazy and the people who pay them to listen to their problems, but that's another story.

This particular article says things like "Happy people take risks and are adventurous." For example, they go out for Ethiopian food even if they've never had it before instead of opting for the safety of the same old pizzas or burgers, and apparently that just makes their day. Or they get off on other people's successes instead of that making them feel like a piece of shit failure, like when their friend gets into Cornell Medical School and they can't even get wait-listed at a crappy community college, still they send the friend a congratulatory dozen roses.

The truth is that happy people are born with blinders on that block out a lot of the negative stuff of life and thus are happier to begin with which is how they got into Cornell in the first place. Those articles never say that.

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