Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Turns out being adverse to 'happy' is a good thing because the more cheerful you are the fewer days you may have on earth.
According to an 80 year study those who are serious are more likely to outlive those who are happy.
I've always maintained that feeling happy is an unnatural state, one to be avoided. Sure I have my happy moments but I have always tried to keep them to a minimum. And now, with this study on longevity, I feel vindicated.
As I get older I have made unhappiness into a fine art. I practice my scowl and growl in the mirror everyday. I do not turn my frown upside down. I detest sunny days. I celebrate my irritability and negativity with fast food and unhealthy inactivity. To my mind, Happy is next to Dopey on the Seven Dwarf scale. When someone smiles at me I wonder what they want. I do not consider it to be my responsibility to cheer other people up, nor is it other people's duty to make me happy.
And if my misery should make others happy, this is an unintended byproduct and I should not be held responsible should they suffer an early demise.
Posted by Rand MacIvor at 7:39 AM