“Nothing helps a bad mood like spreading it around.”
~ Bill Watterson
One might think a person who grew up with five older sisters would have a PhD in moodiness, but that was not my experience. Sure, we indulged in plenty of sibling arguing, but generalized, all-encompassing bad-moodiness? My parents would never have tolerated it.
This is when I learned that once the bad mood vibe settles in, it is toxic, contagious and fixed.
Yesterday, it dawned on me that not having to deal with other people’s bad moods is one of the primary benefits of working for myself. I was having some screening exams at an MRI emporium, and the woman at the reception desk had the practiced pout of a dedicated bad-moodist. I won’t bore you with the details, but her behavior ultimately led me to say, facetiously, “Sorry you’re in such a bad mood today.” Strangely, her behavior improved immediately. She must have thought I was serious. A lesson for the future?
“On a bad day, I have mood swings - but on a good day, I have the whole mood playground.”
~ Charles Rosenblum