“Happy people aren’t mean.”
—my yoga instructor
We’re not supposed to be happy
anymore. It’s all joy.
Joy’s all the rage.
Unless it’s your birthday, then the cards say:
“Enjoy doing whatever makes you happy!”
or “Be happy today!” or simply
Happiness has less pressure
than joy, just a moment to dance
around the room to your favorite song
or finish the Fritos
get in the car and drive toward nearest scenic overlook
where happiness waits for you to veer.