First, SpongeBob takes Squidward to a concert; this does not go well, however, since the violin player accidentally shot Squidward in the eye with the violin bow. Then, both of them head to the Bikini Bottom Museum, where one of Squidward's masterpieces is in the museum and is being praised by critics. Squidward is happy until a famous art critic named Fiasco burns his artwork with a flamethrower. After that, SpongeBob takes Squidward on a hot air balloon ride. This does not go well, either, since Squidward is afraid of heights, so SpongeBob tries to get Squidward down by popping the balloon and both of them land on a mountain, which is actually Mount Bikini, ruining Harold's chance to be the first one on the mountain. Then, SpongeBob, Squidward, and Harold slide off the mountain due to an avalanche. When SpongeBob and Squidward slide back to their homes, Squidward sadly resigns that he will never have a happiest memory, let alone one involving SpongeBob.
Two weeks later, Squidward is left in his house doing nothing but being unhappy. SpongeBob then becomes even more concerned for Squidward and tries to get a hold of him, but to no avail. First, he and Gary go up to Squidward's window, but Squidward closes the curtains. SpongeBob suddenly falls off Gary along with Gary's shell, and SpongeBob gets stuck in the shell and breaks it when he crashes into Squidward's house. Second, he tries calling Squidward to cheer him up, but Squidward throws his phone into SpongeBob's house. Gary gives it to SpongeBob (while he is still holding his phone) and SpongeBob yells through the phone, making his ears hurt and breaking both phones. Then he comes out of Squidward's fax machine, but Squidward shreds him to pieces with his paper shredder and dumps him out the window, where Gary puts him back together.
If users are already in a good mood, it's up to the advertisers and publishers to not screw it up. Give us ads that keep us entertained and happy. Don't give us dull ads (which hinder our ability to render our focused attention), poorly timed ads (which cramp the perceived usability of your app), or ads that offer us no benefit (which lessen our overall satisfaction).
Even when you factor out continuity, you cannot ignore that Squidward has had happy memories before this, even in the bad episodes like "Truth or Square" or even "House Fancy". SpongeBob is actually very believable in this episode as he tries to cheer Squidward up to give him a happy memory, and a lot of what happens to Squidward isn't really his fault, but forced coincidence. I'm impressed they did remember "Fiasco!", though despite how forced his inclusion was, that was a pretty good episode.
Squidward, to me, seems very much like he has clinical depression, like he can't get happy because of a legit mental condition. Squidward has had moments of happiness all the time, so his misery being treated seriously like this just seems kind of unnatural. I do appreciate SpongeBob's concern for the guy, but this doesn't seem right. It's just.... really, really sad. Not as in its sappy like "All That Glitters", but it's realistically depressing. We come to a show like SpongeBob to laugh at the characters and their misery when they deserve it, not see it as a serious problem and feel sad about it.
Our commute to the office can have a surprisingly powerful impact on our happiness. The fact that we tend to do this twice a day, five days a week, makes it unsurprising that its effect would build up over time and make us less and less happy.
Social time is highly valuable when it comes to improving our happiness, even for introverts. Several studies have found that time spent with friends and family makes a big difference to how happy we feel, generally.
I think that last line is especially fascinating: Actual changes in income, on the other hand, buy very little happiness. So we could increase our annual income by hundreds of thousands of dollars and still not be as happy as if we increased the strength of our social relationships.
My students challenged me that happiness is a first-world invention and that we should look at developing nations to also learn from them. And so I contacted a Drexel alumna and former Drexel squash player who lives in Guyana, South America, to ask her what Americans could learn from her country about being happy.
They were waiting for life to get started. Then the world began to end. At a New York City wedding' on a sweltering summer night' four people are trying to be happy. Yun has everything he ever wanted' but somehow it's never enough. Emory is finally making her mark' but feels the shame more than the success. Andrew is trying to be honest' but has lied to himself his whole life. Fin can't resist falling in love' but can't help wrecking it all either. And then the world begins to end. The four of them watch as one of the wedding guests sits down and refuses to get back up. Soon it's happening across the world. Is it a choice or an illness? Because how can anyone be happy in a world where the only choice is to feel everything - or nothing at all?
In the world, people are either dreaming of happiness or remembering happiness. That is either being in the past or the future. Happiness is in the present. Many times you postpone your happiness until some perfect future date, but it never arrives. Be in the present. If you are happy now, the past will not torment you, and the future will take care of itself. This is the art of living! 781b155fdc