Don’t get me started on airport security or email spam. Or TVs in restaurants.
One of my resolutions has been to stop myself from talking about my pet-peeve subjects. I realized the truth of Samuel Johnson’s observation: “To hear complaints is wearisome alike to the wretched and the happy.”
So when I walked into a stylish pizza restaurant this afternoon, I wasn’t going to comment on the TV that was playing behind the bar – I wasn’t going to say anything about how a TV in any restaurant that isn’t a sports bar strikes me as so dreary, so distracting, can’t people turn off the TV for five minutes, blah, blah, blah.
I wasn’t going to complain about it…and then I realized…I kind of liked it.
The TV, turned to CNN, had the sound turned off. No one was turning to look at it, no one seemed distracted from conversation.
And it struck me that the TV provided a bit of color and movement – not as nice as having a view of the ocean, or a real fire burning, of course, but the same type of effect.
Now, not only have I stopped complaining about TV in a restaurant, I’ve become able to appreciate something pleasant about it. That gave me a happiness boost.
New to the Happiness Project? Consider subscribing to my RSS feed: Subscribe to this blog’s feed. Or sign up to get email updates in the box at the top righthand corner.
If you’re starting your own happiness project, please join the Happiness Project Group on Facebook to swap ideas. It’s easy; it’s free.