Sunday, January 13, 2013

People Watching

I come from a long line of people watchers.  My mom used to watch people all the time, so did my grandmother.  One thing I've noticed lately is that no one looks happy.  They are in a hurry and they act grouchy. 
Why is that?  I know a lot of people are out of work so they have a reason to be unhappy.  There could be something good about being home and spending more time with your family talking and even playing games.  Oh, I know that can only be good for so long since you have to feed, clothe and provide a home for you and your family.

A lot of people aren't happy with their jobs.  Why is that?  Were they happy with the job at one time and became dissatisfied after a while?  If they were unhappy with it from the start, maybe they should have been looking for a new job all along. 

Are people unhappy in their relationships?  If they're not married they should move on.  If they are married they should look at why they're unhappy and communicate with there spouse.  Often times bad times can bring people and families together.

What can be done to make people happy again?  I'm not sure of the answer to that.  Maybe, slow down a bit, take time out to relax, and not expect so much from yourself or others.  Everything is fast paced, even the games kids play are fast.  With social media there's no time to be alone.  The fast pace of life doesn't give people much time to just sit and relax.

People are unhappy over all the bad news they hear on news shows.  It's depressing for all the people I see, and I understand, but there's always been bad news in the past, but I didn't see everyone so discontented.  Could it be, we've had too much and still want more? Shouldn't we be content with what we have while we strive for more?

Are people unhappy because they don't have instant gratification anymore?  This could be a phase that everyone is going through, and they will eventually become happy again.  I hope so. 

I hope to see some happy faces again when I people watch the next time.

Have a great week, and I'll see you next Sunday. 

Sandra K. Marshall
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Melissa Keir said...

I love to people watch or listen. You can find out so much about people just by paying attention. My husband and I were talking about this subject this morning because I had been at my doctor's office and noticed the interactions between a couple. I love to file all that away for a future book, story or character.

I do agree that our fast paced society makes things harder to enjoy. When things are broken it must be an instant fix or throw away. There is so much more to savor and enjoy when people slow down.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Melissa. I appreciate your comment.

Carol Ericson said...

Sandy, I love to people watch too. Looking forward to jury duty for that purpose! I don't know that I notice more unhappy people, but I have whole tables of people on their phones texting or whatever and not talking to each other at the table. When our family goes out to eat, I make everyone put away the phones and have some face-to-face conversations!

Sandy said...

Oh yes, Carol, you're right about the texting, and they talk about the texts they received. lol I've seen people text in church.