The Saturday Weekend Review #13-Why Can’t People Just Be Happy?

Weekend Review

It’s going to be a Happy Easter this weekend for us but I often wonder why some people just can’t be happy. I’m a Yahoo nerd and I pretty much scan through the headlines every day to see what’s happening in the world. I mean who needs to pay for a newspaper subscription these days when all the glory and misery is at our finger tips. I am generally a happy person that I hope people enjoy being around. I often try to understand the reasons why I might be thinking something negative in order to improve by inner health. I’m also one of those guys who is happy for my friends and family when something good happens in their life.

Why Can’t People Just Be Happy?

We’ve all had friends and family who have had a rough day or are going through tough times in their lives and we should be there to lend an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on.

When something good happens to people sometimes the jealousy monster come out in people where you kind of sit back and say, wait a minute, who are you to rain on their parade because you didn’t succeed or you weren’t given something free or won money in the lottery, etc?

We had friend who won the lottery years ago and man oh man the rumours about how they don’t need it, they don’t donate, they are greedy bla bla kept coming up.

There’s always got to be the people with the conspiracy theory about everything especially when it’s something good that’s happened to someone.

I’m sure if people put more energy into making their lives a bit more happier rather than whining about why it’s not the way they anticipated they’d get further ahead. Remember there is someone else who has it worse off than you.

All this chat above leads me to this Reddit thread I read and on Yahoo Canada about this family who went to the Olive Garden restaurant after their parents house suffered a fire.

The manager greeted the family and asked how they were and one of the kids told the manager that her grandpa’s house had burned down.

I’m sure if anyone was to hear this especially coming from a child that it would be so compelling to hear because of the genuine emotions of someone so young.

Olive Garden Restaurant Receipt

When the bill for the meal arrived the manager had comped the meal meaning there was no charge.

What a lovely gesture on his/her part simply to say, I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather, I hope your days get brighter, keep smiling etc.

Whatever the meaning, it came from the heart. It touched this family so much that one member posted the receipt on Reddit which quickly went viral.

My brother, wife, 3 year-old daughter and I went to Olive Garden after a recent house fire at my parents. When the manager asked how everything was my daughter said “Grandpa’s house burned down”. Here’s how we received the check:

What caught my attention was the amount of people who came up with all these theories about whether it was true or not and if it was a ploy of the Olive Garden to market their brand. Seriously people need to get a life and just leave it be.

The poor guy had felt so compelled to come back and say yes it was true. Really?

Did he need to do that for the idiots who had nothing better to do or say. Why can’t people just be happy for other people?

In life we have choices, we have the choice to be miserable because we didn’t get everything we “think” we are owed or we have the choice to make positive things happen.

Olive Garden restaurant receipt


Over 1.7 million views of this receipt and 1755 comments and counting after 2 days of being posted on Reddit.

The next day the original poster Tanek42 has to redeem himself and say it is a true receipt and as far as I’m concerned I don’t think he needed to say anything at all. Let the people complain, who cares and really what is this going to prove anyways?

Nothing, so that leads me right back to the point of why bother. He did this to make the critics feel at ease that a total stranger that they don’t even know hasn’t ruined their day by posting a positive story that could have been made up in the best interests of the Olive Garden.

Bloody hell, there are worse things happening in this world. Better still, Olive Garden stepped up to say that the receipt was real. There are people in this world that do things out of the goodness of their hearts.

My story is real, and I apologize for not responding faster to my critics, but I posted this last night while working on a law review assignment and fell asleep.

Luckily, some crafty redditors were able to search and find my entire life history, including my Facebook page where I had posted the story a few days ago. If anyone needs additional proof/evidence, feel free to ask.

You pick your path in life but what I do know is I sure as hell don’t want to be a miserable person all my life just because I think that others are better than me, get more than me, luckier than me, smarter than me, richer than me or more successful than me.


Just be you, be happy, make people smile, laugh a bit and loosen up. You might find that people will want to stick around and chat to you, strike a conversation and tell others what a nice person you are.

The more people complain the further away people run so stay positive and think  of ways to improve life even if it means helping others just because you can with no expectations, nothing in return.

I posted this quote on my Facebook wall today and it really does say alot about life and how the simple things in life are free and what memories are built on. Leave the negativity and stop wasting useless energy on things that don’t matter. I hope that family finds the strength to pick up the pieces after this devastating event in the family and move on.

Have you ever dealt with people who were jealous of something you did or got? 

Spending Time With Children

Happy Easter Everyone!

What’s Happening At The CBB House?

It’s Easter this weekend which means we will be working on the Easter menu although we aren’t quite sure what we are making.

Last year we wanted to come up with Easter food ideas that might help families enjoy their Easter with the family rather than hanging out in the kitchen.

That was the popular Easter Dinner in the crock pot that a fan shared with me and I took to another level with my own ingredients.

It doesn’t always have to be ham and spuds at Easter dinner although It’s not often we pull out the ham card until special occasions. It’s sort of like cooking a turkey when it’s not Christmas which seems a bit odd but it’s not as unusual as I once thought it was.

Tomorrow I will be sharing my friend Nicola’s mums Easter Butter Shortbread cookies recipe. I love shortbread but that is what my mum always used to make so it’s a cookie that is somewhat traditional for my family.  

I was talking to my family the other day in the UK and my mum who was babysitting said the kids were working on Easter crafts which I thought was a great way to get them involved other than decorating Easter Eggs. (we never got crafts mum, ha) She said that we can expect some art in the post shortly.

Now I hope the wife hides some chocolate eggies around the house for me to find. When you don’t have kids you can still play find the eggies with your spouse can’t you? 🙂

Happy Easter Crafts

Other than that our plants are growing at a fairly rapid pace and with the sun shining more each day I’m seeing a vast improvement in our other plants that we brought in for the winter.

We really can’t wait to get them back outside because some plants simply don’t like to be indoors, it’s like trapping a bird who wants to fly free.

Next week I’ll be taking the snow tires off our vehicle because according to the weather experts we shouldn’t see any more snow. The worst thing we could do is drive the vehicle when it’s warming up with snow tires.

That’s a sure-fire way to wear them down quicker and they cost a bloody fortune to replace, so get them off as soon as you can when the snow is gone.

I’ll be gearing up to get out the deck furniture but I need to prep the deck by giving it a good sand then add a coat of protection and a light stain to jazz it up.

It cost me around $2000 to build my deck which would have cost me over $5000 if I didn’t DIY build it. I’m going to make sure that I spend the $25 to protect it so it lasts longer and looks good.

There’s nothing worse than spending money on big-ticket items such as  wood decks, gazebos, lattices, and fences to just let them rot to the ground without maintaining them. Might as well just throw your money out the window.

It’s no different from a car, if you don’t maintain it the faster the car will turn into a lemon which will cost you a fortune to run, if at all. ON the positive side as long as I take care of my stuff that’s all that matters.

How are your vegetable seeds growing?

What’s Happening With  Canadian Budget Binder?

This week Katrina joins me in bringing CBB fans some landscape and gardening posts this spring and summer along with sharing her experiences with personal finance.

Nothing big has happened on the design home front but I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop. I must say that CBB has done well since the beginning of 2013 where we have seen a steady rise in views and subscribers.

By the end of today we will have over 40,000 views this months which is amazing only because that means we are reaching out to more people.

Numbers are only numbers but to me the numbers mean more people are coming around to read and learn and I’m happy about that.

I have to thank all the supporters of CBB especially the fans who undoubtedly go above and beyond to share, communicate and make CBB a place of their own sharing their personal experiences.

The personal finance Bloggers that take the time to read, comment and share are without a doubt a great bunch of writers who inspire me more than they know and I will always pay that forward.

We are well on our way to reaching our 5000 Likes on Facebook a milestone that I never dreamed would happen but we are getting there slowly but surely.

We do have one heck of a Facebook page so if you aren’t part of the gang come on over and introduce yourself. Don’t miss our “What’s for Dinner” post nightly which is the most popular ongoing post on the Facebook wall.

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Top Pick: The Importance of Saying Thank-You Quote- Perfect for today’s topic and something more people would benefit from if they just said Thanks for what they are grateful for in life.

  • Turbo Tax the How To Book Canada– I had no idea they had a “How To” book, I thought the program walked you through step by step
  • Parent upset because day care costs too much moneyDay care prices are astronomical for some depending on where you go. If you want to have kids be prepared for all these costs.
  • Chocolate- Really? I think that’s great that someone found me with such a common word like chocolate.
  • Inside the Financial Advisors Mind- I hope that’s not another voodoo attempt to get inside someone’s brain to see what the next big thing will be on the stock market…
  • Chocolate Chewy Bites Mr. CBB Oh ya.. searching for my recipes is a good thing.
  • Witches Spice Rack– I’m only guessing there is a spice rack that is made by a company called Witches or real witches have their own spice rack…. who knows?

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  1. Thank you so much for your kind endorsement! I very, very much appreciate it!!

    I’m definitely a glass half full kind of person, but I’m well aware that many others that are not. Yet it still saddens me that people are so cynical that any kind of altruistic act is meet with suspicion. Do I believe Olive Garden at a Corporate level would take advantage of this situation and use it as a PR opportunity? Of course, I do. However, I don’t believe PR had anything to do with that manager’s generosity. Call me naive, but I still believe in the kindness of mankind.

    1. I believe that there are many many many kind people out there but most often we hear about the people that are not kind and when we do hear of kindness it gets bashed. Sometimes I just wonder about people and how they were raised. Scary.

  2. If people could spend as much time trying to find positives in each day instead of tearing someone else down, it would be a much happier world. Congratulations on so many visitors to CBB. You really do deserve all the success you have achieved.

    1. Well said Kim. We live in a time where we should be putting our focus on our own personal well-being and finances but more people find joy in cutting others down to block how horrible their own lives are. Happy Easter!!

  3. Good for that olive garden manager, shame on the jerks that made nasty comments. I don’t know when or why we became such a negative society. There are far more good people in this world then bad, you’d just never know that because the bad people are louder about things like don’t like.

    1. People who complain need to look at their own life and sort it out. End of story… if someone can’t complain with what you would do to make it better at least then what’s the point? Happy Easter!

  4. Overall, the encounters I have on social media are positive ones but I think that positivity is its own reward. When you’re positive in what you put out there (as you are Mr. CBB), you will usually see a positive attitude reflected in the responses you receive. I don’t mean it’s all hearts and flowers – people will disagree with stuff you say – but even when they disagree, they’re more likely to be polite and thoughtful in their responses. Perhaps the Reddit phenomenon exists because it allows, and sometimes even encourages, sarcasm and negativity??

    Have a happy spring weekend Mr. CBB, and thanks for all you do.

    1. I’ve always listened to what the fans have had to say and I don’t expect people to agree with everything I write about. It’s my opinion after all and we are all entitled to our own. It’s ok to have a different view as long as you present it in a way as that you are not coming across as an idiot with no brains. Politeness goes a long way and so does a healthy debate. Cheers Beth, Happy Easter my friend. MR.CBB

  5. Great post! So true. There is that old saying that people want you to be successful, just not more successful than them. I think there must be something in our DNA…some kind of hereditary trait that makes us want to be better, strong, richer, healthier than our neighbors. Not saying it’s right, but it happen. I’m not going to lie, I’ve felt jealous before about my friends successes. I think EVERYONE has at one point or another…it’s what you do with that emotion that sets you apart. It should motivate and inspire you, not make you write nasty things on the internet, or spread gossip about the person to tear them down. I think the internet makes it easy for people to be anonymous and rip other people apart and be cynical. I don’t even read comments when I see those kinds of news stories because for every 100 people who are touched by it, there is one jerk who writes something bad. Anyway, happy easter to you and Mrs. CBB!

    1. Well said Tonya, I agree and I’m sure we have all wanted what our friends have but we can’t desire those successes yet crush them because someone else did well. You are right about it’s what we do with our emotions and if people put more effort into making a difference they would likely inspire others to do the same. Happy Easter Tonya!

  6. Mr. CBB, this story reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: Your gratitude will determine your attitude, and your attitude will determine your altitude. Those who spend their days, weeks and years whining and complaining will always get the short end of the stick, because, in large part, they choose to! Happy, happy Easter, my friend!

    1. Well said, the sad part is they do it all over social media now s other entire world can see it . The way I look at it is, if you have something to whine about back it up with positive reinforcement. Happy Easter!

  7. Really… couldn’t people just accept that something nice happened to some one thanks to a caring business person???!!!! We so need more good news stories these days!!!!! Certainly if we were in a position to go out to somewhere for a meal and there was an available Olive Garden I would consider it as clearly they are a caring member of the community…. that does mean something to me…
    I try to stay cheerful but it isn’t always easy right now. On a bad day I just keep on putting one foot in front of the other and hope for the best. Our family has a somewhat screwy sense of humour and we do enjoy it as often as we can. Personally I learned a long time ago that things happen in life…. and when they do you are going to laugh or you are going to cry… may as well learn to laugh at it all because crying isn’t going to change a damn thing………. Crap happens… deal with it and move on people….. I have found that no matter how bad I have it there are people out there that have worse things to deal with than I do…..that’s not a Pollyanna attitude…. that’s reality.
    I’m cooking a small turkey tomorrow for Easter…. mostly because I love the leftovers!!! Lol!! I’ll be getting as many meals as |I can from that bird!!!!!!Nothing better than turkey leftovers!!!!!!! Happy Easter to you and the family!!!

    1. Did I ever mention I have the BEST fans ever! Well said Christine… we have the choice to either laugh or cry and crying really is good for the moment but doesn’t solve much. Happy Easter my friend! Wishing you all a lovely Day and Dinner.

  8. I agree, there was no reason for him to respond and validate whether it was true or not. I guess skepticism is the rule of the day in to todays society. personally, i enjoy reading and hearing of stories like that. they make me feel better about the world we live in!

    1. Mr.cbb….there will always be haters, unfortunately. Makes me sad that people have nothing else better to do than to doubt the receipt! I think it was so sweet of the manager to do that! I bet it touched that family so much! Anyway happy Easter! He is risen 😉 ill be at work….boooo

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