Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Happy People Just As Messed Up As The Rest Of Us

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you're happy and you know it, then you may have a very serious problem which "can destroy relationships and careers," puts you at "the same level of dysfunction as a person who’s too sad" and makes you "more likely to engage in riskier behaviors like drug and alcohol use, gambling, sexual promiscuity, and drag racing"
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands

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Murgatroid (#2,904)

They just really want to show it, I guess.

jolie (#16)

The ridiculous fucking comma placement in this thing has just sent me into a homicidal rage. So thanks!

jolie (#16)

AARRRGGG FIX IT FIX IT OH MY GOD FIX IT!!!!!! (Sorry, looked again!)

jolie (#16)

@jolie Aaaaah. So much better now.

@jolie : Be careful you don't fall into an upward spiral of booze and promiscuity now.

C_Webb (#855)

Sounds more like "manic" than "happy" to me.

kpants (#719)

Nice try, but I already read the long-form David Rakoff version.

Phil Koesterer (#2,708)

Drag racing?

HiredGoons (#603)

@Phil K. It's a show on Bravo.

Bittersweet (#765)

@HiredGoons: I would watch the crap out of "Drag Racing" on Bravo. Relays in high heels a must.

SeanP (#4,058)

Holy crap, the "symptoms" of this "problem", include: 1) not being as productive as the society deems necessary, and 2) being insufficiently crushed by the death of someone close. And the conclusion, appropriately enough, seems to be "don't be happy, it'll make you unhappy". I guess it's true that absolutely anything can be pathologized, if you try hard enough.

C_Webb (#855)

@SeanP: Tune in next week for the dangers of being awake.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

goddamnit. something else to be self-aware/conscious of. So if I get too happy or too sad I'm being an insensitive prick? fuck. off. Keeping an even keel can be phony and dickish too.

k-rex (#2,909)

We optimists are bad ass, too. We're just not so soggy as the sad-o's.

Smitros (#5,315)

The researchers don't even have the decency to call this by its proper name, which is McFerrin's Syndrome, per this:

hapax (#6,251)

Thankfully, the Onion reports on a new drug that may be a step toward a cure.

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