Happiness Is Viral

A friend of mine said the other day how fortunate she was that her small company had recently been acquired by a larger company. The new relationships were harmonious, she said, and she and her colleagues were able to continue doing what they had been doing all along, only now with the resources and support they needed.

 

It was especially gratifying because the bigger company had sifted through hundreds of applications before settling on her, and she is 64 years old. 

 

I congratulated her and added, “You’re making the world a better place.”

 

“Whoa,” she replied. “Now, that point — I don’t get that. I’m so not saving the world or contributing.”

 

The point I was making is that people who are happy in their work and happy in their lives make a huge contribution in everyday life, because happiness is “viral.” It doesn’t matter what you do for a living; it’s who you are as a human being. Or as Jesus put it, concerning the Pharisees’ hundreds of idiotic rules, “It isn’t what goes into a man’s mouth that defiles him, but what comes out of it.”

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