Pollyanna’s Perfect Life June 30, 2010Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, People.
We are socialized to share our cares, concerns, trials, tribulations, and troubles . . . while glossing over our successes.
People don’t want to hear about Pollyanna and her “perfect life.”
Why is that?
I’m not sure.
I’d rather be around optimistic positive people than naysayers and doom and gloomers; others don’t seem to share my enthusiasm for success stories.
I expect that different folks have different reasons for avoiding the Pollyanna’s they encounter:
(2) Others believe that we should share the negatives in our lives while standing around the “water cooler” so that “Good Samaritans” can earn brownie points for cheering us up.
(4) Others believe that sharing “good news” is akin to bragging, and therefore, to be avoided at all cost.
Whatever the reason, if we don’t follow the rules, if we are too happy, others are apt to get annoyed.
Let them get annoyed.
After all, we’re doing them a favor . . .
We’re giving them something to whine and moan about next time they find themselves at the water cooler with nothing of import to say.
Quote: If you want to sing out, sing out. If you want to be free, be free. There’s a million ways to be . . . you know that there are. ~ Cat Stevens
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