More than the common cold, more than mono (which is all too easy to catch in college), happiness is more contagious than ever and this is the bug that you WANT to bite you. Even though we may resist attempts sometimes if we’re in a sore state, it won’t be long before the giggles and grins get going when you’re friends keep their joy in abundance. Their joy becomes your joy in no time if you’re open to it.
But I think the notion of catchable happiness is a little more complicated than it seems. There’s a delicate balance. Yes, it’s great to carry a natural glow that radiates to others but too much happiness can burn people sometimes. For some people, happiness can be perceived as being overeager, overenthusiastic, and downright annoying. I always say to keep shining but when you shine so bright that you blind people, they can’t see your natural light anymore.
Happiness comes in moderation. It’s in a smile, not a cheeky grin. It’s in a hug, not an airport security status body scan. It’s in a few kind words, not a monologue of deep meaning and profundity. Let people pick up on your happiness rather than you pushing it on them. They will come to you when you give off that healthy glow of happiness instead of when you’re sporting a sunburn of too much bliss.
As I always say, but as I especially say today—KEEP SHINING—and spread that sunshine to others.
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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