Anyone who knows me knows that I am a pessimist. I am a complainer. I am impatient. I anger easily. People annoy me. I’m probably not the easiest person to be around a lot of times. I know these things about myself, but I’ve never really made any sort of effort to change. I just decided that is who I am and people can deal with it. Probably not the best of attitudes, but it is a heck a lot easier than actually trying to change, right? I have, however, noticed an odd thing recently. There have been several times recently when I have been the calm one. I have been the one looking on the bright side of the situation. I’ve been the least angry person in the group wondering why everyone else is so worked up over such a little thing. So, what does this mean? Am I just surrounded by terrible people and I look good in comparison? Is the world as a whole an angrier place and once again I’m just normal? Have I somehow become a less angry, more optimistic, more patient person by accident? Perhaps it is a combination of the three, but I will say that it feels good to look on the bright side of things. It’s probably healthier to be less angry and more optimistic. Perhaps it is time to resurrect Happy Alan.