This morning, the ever-smart (and happy) Gini Dietrich Asks If Happiness is the Same As Being Dumb? It’s all based on a recent blog (Are Happy People Dumb?) from the folks at the Harvard Business Review. And this all got me to thinking: What’s So Bad About Being Happy?!
Don’t get me wrong – I can sort of see where they’re going with this. It seems to me that far too many people are worried that we don’t brush stuff under the perverbial rug and take things a bit more seriously. I get that.
But it also feels like far too many people mistake ‘happiness’ for some kind of blank existence where we just focus on what makes us feel good or sing a happy tune tune in our head…kind of like the 80’s ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ song/mantra from Bobby McFerrin.
Unfortunately, this great song gets associated with the foolhardiness of the decade (i.e. not being responsible with money, health, etc.)…And, it seems to me, that this kind of thinking may have trickled over to this report. And, like I said, I can see his point:
- In just About Everyting You do In Life, You’ve Got to Be Responsible
- Although I Enjoy the Foibles That Homer Simpson Gets Himself Into, You Have to Be Smart
- You Can’t Just Snuff Off Big Issues Like It’s Someone Else’s Problem
BUT, That Should *Never* Get in the Way of Your Happiness.
Cause at the end of the day, unless you’re saving the world, what you’re doing should never interfere with your happiness. You should make some room to
Just Shut Up and Dance
And Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously…Having That Kind of ‘Seriousness’ Impedes With your Intelligence – It’s Making You More ‘Dumb’ In My Opinion.