You'll be happy to learn," I called to my wife, "that you are not emotionally disturbed."
I was sitting propped up in bed reading the paper, killing time while Jessica, getting ready for work, fussed in the master bathroom.
Predictably, Jessica was neither happy nor unhappy to learn she was not emotionally disturbed. Oh, she was maybe a little happy. But, then, she's always at least a little happy. That was the point.
"Is that right?" she replied, applying makeup.
"It says here they did a study on people like you and found that, despite what the rest of us may think, you're probably OK."
"People like me?"
"Very happy people," I said. "Listen: 'There's nothing, apparently, wrong with very happy people. Ed Diener of the University of Illinois in Champaign and Martin E.P. Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia tested 222 University of Illinois undergraduate students on a standard happiness test, and then compared the students who scored as the happiest with the average and very unhappy ones. The very happy students tended to be very social, extroverted, and agreeable, and have strong romantic and other relationships.' "
I paused to consider the study's results vis-à-vis us.
"The social, extroverted, and agreeable stuff sounds like you," I opined. "But do you have a strong romantic relationship with anybody? If so, is it with me? Remind me, I'll set up a standard romantic relationship test to find out."
"Oh, Jim," she replied, drawing out the i. "We have a strong romantic relationship."