Happy to Be Sad
These days, everyone is talking about being happy, and it’s making me sad.
Google “How to be happy” and you’ll find more than 2 billion citations. I read them all, or I meant to, but the whole idea made me miserable, so I stopped at the bottom of the first page. That was all I needed to find gurus with 7 steps to happiness, 8 steps to happiness, 10 steps to happiness and 11 steps to happiness. By that time, I was convinced there was only one step to happiness — turn off the computer, turn on the TV and start binge-watching “Duck Dynasty.” Again.
I can’t be sure, but somewhere among those 2 billion hawkers of happiness is the website of Lynda Wallace. Ms. Wallace is a former executive at Johnson and Johnson, and one of the people we can thank for the fact that we now have Purell to douse ourselves after meeting with the IT department, as well as Band-Aids if the meeting does not go well. Changing careers to “pursue her passion,” Wallace became a “certified positive psychology coach.” (This is a professional designation you probably didn’t know existed, so I’m glad I can bring you the news. I’d hate to see you put your fragile emotional state in the hands of an uncertified positive psychology coach or worse, a certified negativity coach. Oh wait! That’s me.)
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