Last Thursday something happened and I had a smile on my face all day long! I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what had provoked such glee but on thinking about it, a few things fell into place. A lot of it had to do with comments from you lot actually! Having a bit of a melancholic moment last week, I decided not to dwell on what I don’t have, but think about the positive things in my life. Being kinda cynical by nature, I was pleasantly surprised at the response to my list of proud, especially those of you who thought about making your own list. Then, in the depths of writer’s block due to a yucky cold, all I wanted was to feel better and so I ended up making a list of things that I thought would make me feel better. This definitely worked and just putting that list together made me feel better! How great that you lot agreed that a good daydream works wonders!
Then I was meeting friends in HQ for the first time in ages. I walked in smiling, so happy to see everyone, I spent the night smiling and laughing cos I was in such a good mood and during the night I could see my and others’ jovial moods spreading throughout the pub. Smiling is so infectious and it’s so much better than frowning. I met plenty of people that night and each time I was asked how I was, I replied that I ‘Was great! Really great!’, that I ‘Was in such a good mood’. Now, I still couldn’t put my finger on what had caused this seismic shift in my disposition but I wasn’t knocking it! There was much mirth and amusement. Oh there was alcohol too, but the smiling was far more potent.
The only low point was when someone insisted on telling me, ‘Just in case I didn’t know’ that my ex of 6 months had cheated on me when we were together. Now, I’m not sure if it’s a Karma thing, but as I tried to hold it together outside having a much needed cigarette, I got chatted up by a very nice guy who ended up walking me home – that was exactly what my ego needed at the time.
In the Roger Hargreaves story of Mr Happy, Mr Happy finds himself meeting Mr Miserable. Mr Happy had never met anyone who was miserable, as everyone in Happyland is always happy. Mr Miserable said he’d do anything not to be miserable and Mr Happy insisted on spending time with Mr Miserable until one day, the downturned corners of his mouth became less of a frown, just by a little. Mr Happy’s influence was clear when a while later, the corners of Mr Miserable’s mouth actually turned upwards and for the first time ever, he started to laugh! Then as Mr Miserable and Mr Happy kept on laughing and laughing, the birds and the flowers and the trees all laughed with them because they found it so funny that someone called Mr Miserable couldn’t stop laughing! The moral of the story is that whenever you feel miserable, you should just turn up the corners of your mouth. It works every time, honest! As for the guy I met the other night, well, let’s just say I think this smiling thing will last for a while yet…