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People Who Choose To Be Unhappy

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As noted in a song by the brilliant musical humorist Anna Russell several decades ago, some people prefer a full-time career in victimhood to happiness:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScsQa9kGl-E#t=06m18s

(Set at 6 minutes 18 seconds; if it doesn't go there automatically as instructed in the link, that's where her song "Miserable" is.)

The Mamas & The Papas noted something similar in "Glad to be Unhappy" which is one of their less well-known but rather witty songs:

As many of these full-time professional victims (with their gobs of ill-gotten cash, obscenely expensive New Age therapists on call, and multiple stormy love affairs and messy divorces and devastated offspring left in their wake) know, constant complaining about certain kinds of problems (sometimes known as "diseases of the rich") makes you popular with a certain illegitimately powerful political crowd, and pays a pretty good salary too.

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image illustration via shutterstock /  Mr. Aesthetics