Today is International Happiness Day. Are you feeling it?
No, I’m not either. It’s like hearing someone is a comedian, you immediately want them to make you laugh. As a result you are more than likely not going to find them funny.
Who decided that March 20th is the day the world is to be happy? Was it Hallmark? Facebook or Twitter? I’m sorry but I just don’t get it. I am supposed to wake up today, to an ordinary work day, with nothing special planned, and because someone said so, I’m supposed to be happy! What eejit made world happy day a weekday, surely a special holiday or a Saturday or Sunday would have worked better?
Now that I think about it though I might just have a little bit of fun honouring this day.
When my children come home from school, I will smile and be especially happy. When they announce as they always do in a moany voice, “Oh I’ve loads of homework”, I will smile a huge smile and say, “wonderful, isn’t that great?”.
When they ask what’s for dinner? I will smile and announce that we are having beef stroganoff. When they moan I may even laugh and say “Hurray for stroganoff”.
When I look at the endless clothes, coats, and shoes, left littered all over my house, I may laugh hysterically as I gather them up and throw them unceremoniously back into their rooms. A close second to a witches cackle might also be heard as I do so.
When they ask for a lift somewhere later on tonight, just as I have sat down, I will not feel guilty as I laugh heartily and ask them “Are you joking?”.
In fact the more I think of it the more I am warming up to this Day of Happiness. For the rest of the day I will be like one of those women who work in shops in America. You know the ones that smile in your face and greet you with great exuberance “Hi there, Can I be of any assistance?”. If you fail to be interested in anything in their shop, they are not offended, and as you leave they wave you off with a very happy “Have a nice day now”.
I think I will greet my friends like one of these shop assistance would, throughout the day, armed with my mega smile. “Hi, great to see you” I will roar in their face, while continuing to speak of my happy day. When we part I will hug them and loudly say “Bye now it was so truly lovely to see you”. That should definitely cheer them up.
Finally tonight when it gets late I will smile at my youngest as I announce that it is time for bed. When at last this day of fantastic happiness draws to an end, I will look at my partner, with my now exhausted smile twitching through overuse, and say “Today was one of the happiest days ever”. As he looks at me as if I have lost all my marbles I will remind him that today was International Day of Happiness, the biggest joke of a day ever!