The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


May 12, 2009

A little happiness

One co-worker had a day of phone calls that delivered distressing news of friends with health issues and job layoffs. Another friend made it through job cuts ... but had to tell co-workers they were being let go. The newspapers are filled with news of the recession, the flu epidemic, disasters, shootings, accidents and more. The Lutheran isn’t immune as the staff worries about circulation and ad sales while trying to keep the ELCA connected. But who is immune?

All so tiring ... and so easy to forget the good things in life and the blessings God gives us.

Chicago Tribune
columnist Mary Schmich has a solution to the “bad news funk”—a game she calls “What’s making you happy today?” Not “Are you happy?” which leaves room for “rumination, equivocation and existential dread. ... What’s making you happy today? is easier. It presumes that even the gloomiest days offer some hope and spark, and I have yet to meet anyone who can’t find an answer.” One person even thanked her for taking the time to ask, saying, “It is always nice to reflect on good things in your life.”

Schmich guarantees if you ask someone this question, you’ll both feel better. So “What’s making you happy today?”

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