Do you want to be right or be happy?

Updated: Mar 21, 2019

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Will your last breaths in this earthly plane be filled with regret that you weren’t joyous more often; and, how do you get there?

These are the questions I was pondering after watching Italy lose to Costa Rica in today’s World Cup match. I was in an Italian Restaurant in NoHo with about 150 other fans of Forza Azzurri. Each time we witnessed the fouls committed by the Costa Rican team we were angered. By the time the clock ran out I literally was shaking with anger. Or maybe it was rage.

Why was I so angry? I wasn’t playing the game. It wasn’t that I had lost a bet.  Was it national pride? Was it the ‘Field Effect’ of being around so many disappointed fans of the Italian team? I had no direct evidence that I could point to as to why I was feeling so angry.

I walked to the subway, replaying over and over the opportunities Forza Azzuri missed, the fouls committed by the Costa Rican team and at each instance I was getting more and more righteous.

I wondered how often do I do this in my life, and why do I do this?

How often do you do this in your own life?