If you are one of them - you can stop reading now, I got nothing for you that you don't already have.
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They don't care about your housekeeping, they give credit where credit is due at work, they'll loan you money, they love their families, they can tell stories about themselves for your entertainment. They haven't yet given up on Tom Cruise, they see rainbows in oil slicks during torrential rain. They buy carpets hoping they are magic, they buy the Big Issue religiously. They'll go places that aren't cool, they own up to liking show tunes and love catching the bus because they always meet somebody new.
Have you noticed that you always distrust these people? Shy away from those that are openly friendly? You wonder if their infernal happiness has a darker side - in fact, it's the only thing you've been positive about this year. You assume they are nothing but an office lick-arse because they are so willing to well, take PART and say outrageous things like 'Good morning', 'have a nice weekend' and other such pleasantries.
Instinctively, or perhaps because of societal conditioning, we distrust happiness. We especially distrust people that are happy AT us. We find their energy, their zest, quite exhausting. And we wonder - what do they want from us? Why are they doing this to us?
Is it that we assume that people that are pleasant and open are weak? Do we assume that people that find joy in the small things must have nothing larger? Do we belittle their enthusiasm because we are envious and/or small minded? Are we basically only happy ourselves if everybody around us seems to be weighed down by the same obligations and insecurities?
Just like negativity, positivity is catching. But yet we avoid positive people with the same kind of energy that Brett fellow threw balls at Piers Morgan during the cricket last week. (Sporting reference - go me!)
I once asked an enthusiastic girlfriend who I knew had had a tough week at work - how do you do it? And she said (and I quote) 'Fuck me Al, it seems to take such a lot of energy to be a fucking wanker, I just can't be bothered.'
Even enthusiastic about profaning. What's not to love?
Go forth my people - enthuse.