Afternoon, it’s TheAndySan here to bring you t3h happyZ!!1
According to an article I read in USA Today a couple days ago, today is the happiest day of the year. So get out there and live a little today! Here’s the article just in case it gets moved or something:
The Final Word: Mark your calendar for tail-wagging happiness
By Craig Wilson, USA TODAY
You probably don’t know this, but Friday, yes this Friday, June 20, has been declared the happiest day of the year.
Who knew? Not me.
The news came in an e-mail from something called the Stress Institute. It reports that a researcher at the University of Cardiff’s Center for Lifelong Learning devised a scientific equation using a variety of physical, emotional and stress factors and came up with this Friday as the happiest day of all. At least this year.
In short, the stars aligned.
It’s the beginning of summer, we’re at the pool, reliving childhood memories of firefly nights, working in the yard and spending vacation time with loved ones.
I’m not sure I can handle this much fun at one time.
Kathleen Hall, founder of the Stress Institute, says: “Happiness is a physical state of the brain. When we’re happy, our brain produces neurochemicals that result in us wanting to eat, have sex or maybe sing.”
But all in one day?
I understand the barbecue. I understand the sex. But singing, too? It feels a bit like Christmas. Too much pressure.
And what if we’re not in the mood to cash in on the steak-sex-song trifecta Friday? Will we have missed our chance to experience ultimate happiness for another whole year?
An old friend of mine would be very suspicious of all this. He was always a bit perplexed, albeit amused, by Americans’ obsession with happiness.
For years he’d ask me why we think we’re entitled to be happy all the time. It’s not the way the world works, he’d say. People aren’t supposed to be happy all the time.
I never had an answer for him, so he’d sulk for a while, which I suspect brought him a certain amount of pleasure, if not happiness.
Coincidentally, Friday also is the 10th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. The organizers, Pet Sitters International, hope the day will spark pet adoptions after dogless workers see what a great companion a dog is.
I took our late dog, Murphy, to work on one of these days once. She wasn’t happy at all. I suspect she even looked upon it as dog abuse. She spent most of the day under my desk wondering when we were going home.
She wouldn’t talk to me, but I knew exactly what she was thinking: The best thing about being a dog is you don’t have to go to work, so why did you bring me here?
I knew she’d rather be home attacking the mail that was coming through the front door or at least sleeping on the sofa dreaming about attacking the mail that would be coming through the door.
I had no answer for her, either, so we walked home early, never to return. Murphy, that is. Being the human, I had to go back.
I’ve yet to take our new pup, Maggie, to work, and I doubt if I will on Friday. I’d like to keep at least one member of the family happy on the happiest day of the year.
I have no expectations for the day myself. I’m going to play it all by ear. If happiness wants to wash over me, fine.
Maggie and I have agreed on one thing, though. There will be no singing.
I went to the newly opened Sonic and had a SuperSonic Burger combo. It cost me almost $7 and it took awhile to get to me, but it was all worth it! It’s official, the SuperSonic Burger is the best burger I’ve yet to taste. The Papa Burger from A&W comes in at number 2.
In other news, after I was done with my lunch at Sonic, I went to the music store. I played this classical nylon stringed guitar and boy did it sound good! I told the guy to put it on hold for me until I get paid on Thursday. Then, I’ll slap down $72 as a down payment and make payments on it with every check.
Well, I’d better get ready for work. I’ll see you guys later. Happy Happiest Day, everyone!
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