Happiness Arithmetic: Easier Than Algebra

on the bike2

This picture has very little to do with the post except that I am going fast and I know how positive I feel when the bike is rocketing along the street.


And one day the student shall become the teacher. As I became a teacher (sometimes joyfully, sometime begrudgingly, sometimes with a clear view of the irony and karmic significance), this saying is somewhat prophetic.  However, in it’s less literal form, it sums up Today’s Perfect Moment quite well.

Today, I, at times the surliest of surly, the grouchiest of grouches, and the most pessimistic of the pessimists, gave someone a lecture on being positive. Actually, if I am being honest, it could probably be described more as a scolding than a lecture.  Wow!  I really am a teacher.

This blog, some interesting books, and some great people, have improved my outlook enough that I now want to force it down someone’s throat. Yes, believe me, I understand that I really shouldn’t be forcibly trying to make people more positive.  When I finish typing I am going to have to apologize a little.  However, I do want to influence people to think more positively.

I imagined it like this: If you spend one year negatively waiting for something to happen, you’re going to be unhappy the whole time.  Even if the bad thing doesn’t happen, you spent a whole year worrying and dreading, only to be relieved for one day.

If you spend one year doubting something good will happen, hoping to be pleasantly surprised when it does, you’re going to be unhappy for a whole year only to happy for one day.

If you’re positive and excited for a whole year and it doesn’t happen, you’re still happy for a whole year, and sad for one day.

Not even considering the effect of positive thinking on making something happen, the math is pretty clear here.

That’s my very simplistic take on it. I am sure I could spin it out, layer it, fill in some more platitudes and add a few case studies and turn it into a self help book.  It will be called Happiness Arithmetic:  Easier than algebra.  If you’re a publisher and you are reading this, contact me as soon as possible.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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6 Responses to Happiness Arithmetic: Easier Than Algebra

  1. Quinn says:

    I love this post, and I’m glad you feel your blog helps you to be more positive! I agree that that is a great thing.

  2. Heather Anne says:

    I will buy your book. Let me know when you find that publisher.

  3. Perhaps it’s the closeted mathematician within but I love this post!!

  4. Amy says:

    Well said! What a cool capture! 🙂

  5. Pingback: Awfully Optimistic – Becky's Open Book

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