Are You Really That Happy?

I always wonder about overly happy people.  You know the ones I mean.  When you see them they are literally gushing sweetness all over you.  Honey drips from their mouths.  You ask them how their day is and their day is the most wonderful day anyone has ever had.  They are so optimistic that you want a boulder to flatten their sugary bodies all over the landscape.

The question is: Are they truly that happy?  or:  Is it all bullshit?  Are these overly happy folk hanging around Disney World too much?

At this point in  my life I consider myself a fairly happy and optimistic person.  Actually, it’s practically a miracle that I ended up in the position that I am in.  A few years ago, maybe 6 or 7 years ago, I was extremely depressed and looking at becoming a bag lady.  Walking the streets searching for redeemable soda cans.  Watching TV at the local appliance store.  Dumpster diving.  Fortunately my daughter stepped up and took me in and forced me to take antidepressants which I am happy pleased to say I am still taking.

My Dad had the habit of letting out a short laugh whenever I told him bad news.   It took me a long time to realize it was just a knee jerk reaction and had nothing to do with how he felt about the news he was hearing.  Everyone is different from the next person and we all react differently to everything and to each other but I will always wonder if these people who always appear to be overly happy are really hiding something.



7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Claire
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 22:00:56

    I am optimistic and can usually find the positive in everything but sometimes life just sucks, I think those overly happy people must be on drugs. Or delusional.


  2. Shareen
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 23:09:09

    I think they’re happy but because they convince themselves they are. Sometimes I wish I could have that kind of positive disposition.


  3. thebeadden
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 19:04:52

    Hell no! For me…a coping mechanism. If I allowed everything that bothered me – get to me – I’d be a walking wrecking ball. I just want to enjoy the days I have here. It’s hard to remain positive and happy but I feel better when I do. So I do! 😉


  4. Hannah
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 15:29:38

    I spent much of my life being a self-confessed pessimist. But after battling postnatal depression twice, I made a real conscious effort to be more optimistic. I have to TRY really hard to do that sometimes – it certainly doesn’t come naturally to me. I wonder if some of those perpetually happy people have made a decision to be happy, or to find joy in all circumstances. It’s not always easy, but I think it’s worth doing. I definitely don’t succeed every time, but I like myself a heck of a lot more now.


  5. Peter Parkour
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 20:46:29

    “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
    -Ernest Hemingway

    “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
    -Jiddu Krishnamurti

    “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
    -Mahatma Gandhi

    “For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
    -Neil deGrasse Tyson

    I’m the happiest I’ve ever been; not all the time, but overall. I’ve found a path, I have direction, and everything I do, I do for everyone. Not for the atheists, not for the vegans, not for Zeitgeist Movement members, not for the scientists, not for Americans, not for the poor, but for everyone on earth. I try to learn a little more every day and refine my path and direction. My life has purpose, meaning and happiness.

    (((((HUGS))))) Love you, Joan 🙂

    Peace, Love & Understanding


  6. Peter Parkour
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 21:47:49

    As for those happy-all-the-timers, yeah, they freak me out too. :mrgreen:


  7. Just a Mom
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 23:58:17

    I am an optimistic person by birth I think. But thank goodness I have my off days to balance me out and make me normal. Honestly, I think the type of people you are referring to are actually just acting to cover up their pain.


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