Monday Musings: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

I have noticed a kind of trend lately with a lot of people I follow, particularly on Facebook. And it is not a good one. It seems there has been a lot- and I mean a whole lot- of negativity lately. No matter what happens, no matter who is involved, where, or why, there seems to be a disproportionately large segment of people who are angry, offended, or otherwise negative about all of it. I understand that we are all different, we all have our own opinions, beliefs, and trigger points. But for an increasing number of people, it seems there is very little happy, uplifting, or pleasant in their worlds. They seem to want to bust others’ balloons, as well. Someone posts about something they are enjoying, and immediately there is a spate of “I don’t give a %#@& about that!” Or “What’s there to like about that? He/she/it is stupid and not worth caring about!” I’m finding it getting a bit on my nerves. I’m not trying to say that everyone should agree on everything, but do you have to stomp on somebody else’s enjoyment of things, just because you are feeling miserable?

I am a firm believer (outside of faith, beliefs, politics, social awareness, and all that other stuff) that what you put out into the world is what you get back. If you are constantly negative, almost never see the (potential) good in anything, and take every opportunity to shut down others’ enjoyment, you will never break the cycle of negativity around you.

Hey, I know we all have problems. I’m not immune. There are things going on in my life that I wish were not. At the same time, I try not to let the stress and pessimism rule my life. Do I succeed? Not 100%, but I like to think that I have a mostly positive outlook. I try to send good thoughts, positive feelings, and a kindly attitude out into my world. Because those are the things I want to receive, as well. I truly feel that if I project positive and good, I will get it back. Call it voodoo, karma, magic, or just plain old human decency, this whole world would be a lot better off if more people ignored the things that create negative feelings, and focused on the many, many reasons we all have to feel good.

So, here’s a little musical happiness for you. Pass it on!

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