Thank goodness for all of those reporters who have reached enlightment! You can barely open a newspaper supplement without being advised on achieving happiness. “10 steps to a Happier You”, “How Happy Are You? – Take Our Quiz”, “5 Lifestyle Changes is All it Takes for Happiness”. And here I was thinking I’d always be miserable, phew! And blimey, one particular article quoted a man who had read over 50 books on happiness. 50 BOOKS! He must be the happiest man on the planet!
I have always been aware that the self help aisles in bookshops have made big bucks but I now see the trend slipping over into the mainstream. January is always a fruitful time to exploit the miserable but I didn’t expect it from some of my favourite newspapers and columnists.
Now I’m all for positive thinking and encouraging proactive behaviour but these articles seem to be promoting a mindset that shuns any self wallowing. I thought that’s what January was for? Locking yourself in your bedroom under 3 duvets watching repeats of Scrubs waiting for the sun to reappear after 4 months? After all, when the sun does rise again, and the weather heats up, that’s when we’re all expected to be much cheerier and sociable – personally I’d take the time out now while I can.
Ok enough of my cynicism. Do whatever it takes you to get through the last winter months but if the 10 steps to happiness fail you, I’ll be waiting with a bottle of wine and a bar of chocolate.