Forget happiness

Okay, so I was writing about ‘happiness’ in this blog at one time. But I couldn’t sustain that. It’s not that I don’t believe in happiness; I do. But I believe in other things more. Though I was intrigued by that study done by Nicholas Christakis in which they put forth the idea that you can by made happy by people in your social network. (Here’s page about Dr. Christakis and links to various of his studies.) Then we find out that the hacker who got into the Twitter accounts of various celebrities found ‘happiness’ was the password used by the Twitter staffer. As they say, “the fairly weak password, ‘happiness.'” I guess no one will be using that as a password for a while.

The thing that really put the brakes on me thinking about happiness was an article in the NY Times from October, 2007 about Charles Schulz, the ‘Peanuts’ cartoonist. Turns out that whenever anyone asked him why Charlie Brown never got to kick the football, he replied, “Happiness is not funny.”

He’s right. It’s not funny. For me, funny is more important than happy. Maybe it’s a Scandinavian thing.

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