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When I’m Not Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy

Updated on September 9, 2008

I used to work with a guy who when he was miserable (which was a lot - his favorite response when you would ask how he was doing would be, "Kill me." This holds to this day in addition to the eight years that I worked with him) So when he was miserable (or at least giving the appearance of being miserable) I would always say that we needed shirts with his picture on them that said, "When I'm Not Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy" - Don't Get Me Started!

I have always prided myself on being upbeat and happy-go-lucky seeming when I'm at work. There are too many people in most jobs who are so unhappy why add to the cloud, right? But let me tell you that it can be exhausting. It's like doing Nicholas Nickelby or something (the stage show that was so long it took two days to see it and they gave lunch breaks each day). You see, when you're on stage for that long a period of time, you have no re-charge time. Thus those of us who seem like the office sprite (or fairy as it were) go home, take off our smiles and basically become slugs until the next day when we shower, shave, put some Fresca on our panty shields and begin again. It's a little like the directions on a shampoo bottle, rinse and repeat.

So this morning when I rolled over when I should have rolled out of bed to begin again at the gym which has not seen me in months (I know they're worried about me) and as I once again found myself sucking in my gut in a desperate attempt to fit into my "fat" pants and began my drive to work where no one seems to know how to use turn signals, their accelerators or anything else that would keep them out of my way and my wrath I realized that some days there's just no way to do what you've always done, to be that happy swell guy everyone loves to think is so happy. ARGHHHH!!!

I'm usually the first person at work so it gave me some time to reflect and put on my emotional makeup. I can't be this miserable person today I just can't so I have to find a way to readjust my attitude. I thought of doing some Yoga but the chances of someone walking in while I'm in "down dog" are too great, maybe just some deep breaths but as I'm an "overdoer" I'd most likely end up hyperventilating, hitting my head on the desk and end up not only pissed but with a black eye. No, the idea of emotional makeup I think is the right idea I think. As we all know, when makeup is applied correctly it just manages to enhance your appearance and make it look better but it doesn't take away the blemishes underneath. So I'm thinking that I've got to pull out my mental foundation to cover my bad attitude, my eye lash curler to make my eyes seem less squinty and jaded and carefully apply some rouge to make my disposition a bit rosier. Can it be done? That remains to be seen but what I do know is that just like makeup, it's a very thin veneer so although it may hold up all day, no one better really piss me off or it will all crack off my face and I'll become the person no one wants to wake up next to (no makeup, morning breath, fucked up hair and scratching my ass). Because remember, when I'm not happy ain't nobody happy! - Don't Get Me Started!

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      dreamer32 8 years ago from Mississippi

      Very good article! there are so many people who are un happy with their jobs for no reason what so ever. There are times that some people act towards other people in order to give them a very hard time! However, I wrote some thing similiar about this

      However, most people act like that on purpose to give others a hard time, which I have never understood such a thing! Very good article and keep writing.

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      Christoph Reilly 9 years ago from St. Louis

      Somelikeitscott: Very nice hub! It is very easy to identify with (we have all crossed paths with people like that, and we have all had those "don't talk to me or I'll have to kill you" days. There might actually be a market for those T-shirts! Very easy and relaxed writing style! Sweet!

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      Amanda Severn 9 years ago from UK

      Hi Somelikeitscott. I sympathise with the hub. I used to manage a jewellers. Now jewellry by and large is a happy purchase, and requires a smily welcoming salesperson. There are days that you can produce the goods without a second's hesitation, and there are those black dog days, when the effort of smiling is likely to crack your face in two. These days I work in estate agency (real estate) a much more serious purchase so a little gravitas is perfectly acceptable!

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      somelikeitscott 9 years ago from Las Vegas

      Iz, As always - thanks for your insightful comments. I sort of feel like a quote from some old movie, "I don't mind the human race, it's just the people I can't stand!" That was yesterday, today I'm all smiles and energy and hmmmm...I actually do miss the girls in tutus a bit...but not THAT much! Thanks Iz!

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      Isabella Snow 9 years ago

      Poor Scott! When I was in my early 20s I worked part time as a cashier in a cafe in the lobby of a very upscale building. I had no problem smiling at all the hottie stockbrokers and lawyers. But when W. moved his presidential campaign into the building and brought all of his condescending employees, I started having a really hard time smiling. In fact, my boss had to keep telling me to stop glaring -- and the woman was legally blind, so if she could see it, you have to know I was seriously giving dirty looks to people. Eventually I had to quit, because it was too exhausting, trying to smile. Anyway, my point is, I sympathize. it's a good thing I have that job where I don't have to smile all day -- maybe you should consider a new line of work? Don't you miss teaching little girls in tutus?? ;)