December 14, 2008

From The Other Paper:

New study shows co-anchor’s happiness is not contagious

It may have been predawn Saturday, but the sun was shining brightly inside WBNS-10TV’s studios.

It was 42 minutes into the ungodly 5 a.m. hour when meteorologist Carlos Gonzales determined co-anchor Tanisha Mallet wasn’t acting quite chipper enough.

In an admirable show of self-control, Mallet resisted slapping her enthusiastic co-worker throughout their two-hour appearance...But things derailed during a segment about a new study that shows happiness is, indeed, contagious.

It understandably was too much for Mallet to stomach when Gonzales flashed his widest, toothiest grin as a bright, yellow smiley face popped onto the screen beside him and proclaimed, “You know when you’re smiling, the whole world really does smile with you,” adding that sometimes, when you see a stranger walking down the street and he or she smiles at you, you “just feel a little warmer inside.”

The happiness, according to the study, can be contagious for as long as a year.

“That’s good news, isn’t it Tanisha?” Gonzales asked.

“Yes, Mallet acknowledged, before adding, “But I’ve heard it doesn’t work with co-workers.”

She then looked into the camera and offered herself—on that morning—as evidence. “Which is sad because Carlos is a very happy person,” she said.

“Well, I’m going to keep on smiling and being happy here at work,” Gonzales said.

Perhaps recognizing her Grinchiness, Mallett backtracked, telling Gonzales that his chipper attitude really did rub off on her during the broadcast.

No comments: