A View From Middle England - Conservative with a slight libertarian touch - For Christian charity and traditional belief - Free Enterprise NOT Covert Corporatism

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Action for Happiness? Just listen to Ken Dodd!

Tattyfilariously happy!
I heard all this stuff on the radio this morning about an organisation called Action for Happiness. I've just read their website and it all seems jolly nice and happy and....
......Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. We're bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone.....
......it also seems like hard work. I'm not against this as such, but I fear it is all a bit of a fad. Those joining sound very positive and keen to be seen to be happy. However, what happens when they are not happy? Are we supposed to chivvy them back into happiness? What about sad looking people? Those with lugubrious expressions. "Cheer up, Walter, it can't get any worse!" What if Walter just doesn't want a happy day?

My take on happiness is that one should have a sense of the ridiculous. Just having a sense of humour is no good. A good belly laugh is the required remedy for a blue day. Trying to be happy may be too difficult. Taking ourselves too seriously is the problem. A good dose of Ken Dodd is the remedy. If that does not work, pick another jokesmith. Laugh and the world laugh's with you. Force it, and, well, that's another matter.


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