Get Glad – Make The Happiness Decision Today

Get glad! I did and you can, too. (I got so glad, I wrote a book with the same name. You can pick up a copy here.)

I worked my way through UNC-Chapel Hill as the night manager of a gas station. A 78-year-old man named Butch worked with me most nights. He was a character, gruff and often short-tempered, particularly with rude people. But it was Butch who taught me a great lesson about happiness.

One evening a college student, who clearly had more money than sense, pulled his new souped-up Chevy into the station and bounded out of the car. He stormed over to Butch and started haranguing him because his car had been in earlier for repairs and it wasn’t fixed to his satisfaction. The young man was rude. He yelled at Butch, “I’m mad and you are going to fix this car right now.”

Butch looked at him and in his inimitable style said, “By God, you better get glad if you expect me to do anything for you.”

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Now, I thought this was hilarious and started dying laughing. Even the rude student realized how funny this was and joined in. It was not until much later that I realized the profound nature of Butch’s message to get glad.

He was saying that no one but you can control your attitude unless you cede that responsibility. If you let something or someone affect your happiness, that’s on you. You just need to step back and take a critical look at why you are letting this situation or person operate your remote control. This, my friend, is easier said than done. But – like anything else – with practice it becomes a habit. Remember, that it is important if you are going to try to make someone happy, start with yourself.

If you aren’t happy, here’s some additional information on how to be happier. Or, sign up to get our happiness checklist.

I’ve used Butch’s saying a lot in my 64 years, and I try to live by it today. Remember, happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design into the present.

You can get glad and we want to help. So, that’s one of the major topics we will be pursuing here on You, Improved.

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Do you have tips on how to get glad? Comment below and share your story.

Happiness Resources

The Art Of Happiness Psychology Today

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About the author

Harry Hoover

Harry is an author, writer-for-hire, speaker, and publisher of You, Improved. He has written three books: Get Glad - Your Practical Guide To A Happier Life, Born Creative: Free Your Mind, Free Yourself, and Moving to Charlotte: The Un-Tourist Guide.

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