Americans Value Cheerfulness, but Germans….

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A new study of female business success has inspired controversy around the world with its conclusion that women with a “cheerful” and friendly temperament face less chance of advancement at work. Big majorities of the business executives surveyed believed that female employees who struck their colleagues as “proud” would fare better than those who seemed “cheerful.”

Press coverage on the research often ignored the fact that the respondents also assumed males would  suffer from an excess of cheerfulness – perhaps reflecting the study’s German origins. German culture is many things, but no one’s ever described Deutsche Kultur as sunny and care-free. In the United States, however, optimism seems to be part of our DNA and it’s hard to believe that a cheerful, confident disposition would ever prove a detriment to either females or males.

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  1. Jim Connolly  •  Jun 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    This is so sad. A cheerful, confident disposition does not comport well with an American culture in serious decline that increasingly admires those who reflect the godless secular religion that worships at the altar of the colossal and incompetent federal regime and its nanny welfare state. If that’s all there is to look forward to in this life, why would anyone feel cheerful and confident? Or admire those who do?

    This confirms the obvious. With the rampant nihilism and absence of any consensus on absolute rights and wrongs, many people prefer to see themselves mirrored in others, i.e. cynical and hopeless. Most obituaries I read refer to no religious services or anything that would imply hope in the eternal life to come. Peggy Lee summed it up well when she sang “Is That All There Is? The answer is NO!

  2. Norm Mest  •  Jun 16, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Don’t we really all look forward to meeting or being around people with a smile or positive attitude? There is enough dour to go around anyway ….not go seeking it out.

  3. Bob O'Neal. LTC USA Ret.  •  Jun 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    This is a badly flawed study.

  4. JohnnyGrateful  •  Aug 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I don’t think cheerfulness is the same thing as happiness. Cheerfulness, to me, implies a facade, an emotion that might not be 100% genuine. Most people aren’t happy all the time and to act like you are…is kind of shallow.
    Cheerfulness is definitively a US thing. People who live in most other countries don’t have the same history as we do. Hence, I think, they don’t think life is a cheerful event. Life is not all good things.
    Whoever said being happy ALL THE TIME is the greatest good anyways?

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