— Luka looks depressed today.Today, in a hospital, a conversation between two American nurses:
— He’s European, it’s their baseline.
— It’s Wednesday!The fact that it is a Wednesday (already!) makes me depressed, because now I have only three days (including Sunday) left to finish what I planned for this week. I guess I am more European than American...
— I know!..
— Doesn’t it make you happy?
— Every day makes me happy...
According to Chabad Chassidus, a Jew is supposed to be always joyous — but “joyous” does not mean “happy” (as Rabbi Paltiel explains in one of his lectures). You’re supposed to be joyous because you realize that G-d continuously creates the world from nothingness, and all the world is filled with His Presence. You’re not supposed to be mindlessly happy like many Americans (especially West-coasterners) seem to be.