When people are excited, why do other people tell them to calm down? Especially, when it’s a happy excited?
Someone is bouncing-off-the-walls happy, in anticipation of something, and people around them say stuff like – “No more coffee for you!” or “Chill out” or “What’s the matter with you?”. Usually in the guise of a joke at the excited person’s expense, so it’s not too harsh, but it’s still the first reaction most people have to someone else’s slightly-over-the-top excitement: to curb the excited person’s enthusiasm.
Has it really become that uncomfortable for us to witness someone else’s outside-the-acceptable-volume happiness and mirth?
Shouldn’t our first reaction be: I wanna play too! What can I do that will make me so happy I can’t contain my joy?
Why does exuberance breed temperance? Why doesn’t it more often inspire sparkling exuberance in others rather than the need to squash joy?
Why is Happy so scary?