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Old 03-22-2013, 07:03 AM   #21
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We all express our happiness in different ways. Nothing wrong with that, and nothing personal, either.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:06 AM   #22
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Yes, even when I knew some would ridicule and/or criticize my post. Other participants may have found the concept of a worldwide happy day interesting - and desperately needed in this sad world. There is still hope.
I don't think anyone ridiculed your post - it's fine for you to bring these to our attention if you find them interesting. I think just about everybody ridiculed the concept of a 'happy day'. But paraphrasing MichaelB - different strokes for different folks. As I have often said, if someone posts something to a discussion forum, don't be surprised if it spurs some discussion. If all you want is agreement, start a blog and disable comments, or just talk to the mirror.

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That's because some people have a need to be un-happy and try to make others feel that way.
I didn't see anyone on this thread describe themselves as unhappy. What are you talking about?

And if anyone could be made unhappy by someone else poking holes in a 'happy day' proclamation by the UN, then it makes me wonder if they are truly happy. I'm way too happy to let something like that affect me.

I'm especially happy today. I got a phone call at 7:30 AM - my son got accepted into his top choice residency program (PharmD program at UIC, he got a residency at University of Chicago Medical Center). Time for the happy dance!

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Yes, even when I knew some would ridicule and/or criticize my post. Other participants may have found the concept of a worldwide happy day interesting - and desperately needed in this sad world. There is still hope.
I don't think anyone was criticizing you, happiness or even a happiness day - I wasn't FWIW. Just questioning whether it was a worthwhile task for the UN to match it's charter/mission. It would seem nations/people at peace don't need a happiness day, and nations at (or threatened by) war wouldn't be influenced at all by a happiness day. Seems there are other more pressing issues that fall in their "wheelhouse."
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... Other participants may have found the concept of a worldwide happy day interesting - and desperately needed in this sad world. There is still hope.
Getting a bit more analytical here - I don't think anyone would disagree that the world needs more happiness, I think people question the idea that a 'happiness day' proclamation could do anything at all towards that end.

Now that I think a bit more about it, it actually strikes me as offensive, somewhat like a 'let them eat cake' kind of statement. I guess that's what really bugged me about it. It seems dismissive of the real hard problems and real hard solutions.

IMO, there is hope only if we acknowledge, analyze and implement real solutions to tackle those hard problems. I think there is no hope if we think "Group Hug everyone!" is going to accomplish anything other than making a small group of people feel better about themselves.

It reeks of telling a clinically depressed person to just "Cheer up!", rather than trying to determine the root causes and treatment for their depression. Should we celebrate that?

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Dang! It was yesterday. So sorry we missed it.
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I saw this posted on Facebook this morning. 22 things you can actually do to help make your life happier and maybe lead by example.

22 Things Happy People Do Differently | Successify!
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I saw this posted on Facebook this morning. 22 things you can actually do to help make your life happier and maybe lead by example.

22 Things Happy People Do Differently | Successify!
Now that is a pretty good list, IMO. Real actionable stuff for most of us, not frilly, feel-good fluff.

I gotta run, and had to skim a bit, and I'm not saying I agree with all of it 100%, and I think some could use a little expansion to cover some realities of life, but I'd give it at least an "A minus" for content.

Thanks for posting that.

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I read the linked article and can appreciate the UN's reasons, which are more at a policy level for its members' governments to keep their citizens' pursuit of happiness as their main goal in developing programs. But I never mind a reminder to count my blessings.
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Which part of the word "fertilizer" (aka horseh#t) don't you understand? :-)

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I don't think anyone was criticizing you, happiness or even a happiness day .
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Which part of the word "fertilizer" (aka horseh#t) don't you understand? :-)

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Why not take it up with him/her in the first place? Again, I think most were questioning the UN as the source more than anything else.
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Would be a waste of time IMO and not the main topic of this thread. I much prefer to think positive and remain positive. It's Friday, I came back home early for lunch, no more patients to see today, enjoying a beer. Enjoying my time off and feeling happy !
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That's because some people have a need to be un-happy and try to make others feel that way.
This is most definitely true, I work with a few types like this. Kind of reminds me of Eeyore, they are never happy unless they are complaining about something
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Here's the obligatory Everything is Amazing and Nobody is Happy video:

"Everything is amazing and nobody is happy" - Video Dailymotion
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Thinking about it, it might be a 'she' with constant PMS irritability issues :-) I can handle that type of person also, believe me.
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Nice sentiment, but don't they have better things to do than make up things like this? Obviously they have way too much time on their hands.
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Well whatever people say I am happy and very grateful to be part of this world, of this magnificent universe.

Happy to be able to change people's lives, help my patients, care for the needy, the uninsured, and the underserved.

Happy to be here and to be able to share these feelings. And, last but not least, it's Friday. :-)
I am happy it's Friday too. And although very cold, it's gorgeously sunny outside. I will dress my dogs warmly in their doggie parkas and will take them for a walk around the lake near my house this weekend.
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