How to Spread Happiness

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Reader Comments (29)

The first panel tells nothing but the truth. Happiness is contagious, and Mad World is deeply disturbing.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersnowyowl

Awesome, I'm crying tears of joy reading it.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Panel 3 is how I'm beginning to feel at work. I shouldn't, but I do.

I have never heard of a song called "Mad World". Off to YouTube to get the context.

Anyway, Scott, this may be one of your best.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMP

I want to see "angry customer guy" getting into a yelling fight with "mad old rick".

If that happens my life will be complete.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

Wow, you watched Psych this week! Mad World had been going through my head too! Love the Tears for Fears reference... and as always, Scott... funny stuff!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNew Mexicow

I've never hummed "Mad World," but I have had similar conversations. Ah, good times.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I don't usually complain about grammar for grammar's sake, but the last panel, if I get the joke correctly, literally doesn't make sense. I think it was meant to be misleading; Scott's not talking about the boss, but himself, but she doesn't get it right off. And that would make sense if she had asked "What was the response?" or something like that. But since she literally asks "How did he respond?", and Scott says "Tears of joy", it literally means the boss responded with tears of joy. Which is kinda confusing, and also makes the following two lines also confusing.

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBWM

Closest I've come to laughing out loud at a comic in a while. That 3rd panel, for some reason really tickled me. :) Thanks Scott, this definitely marks the start of the upswing on my day!

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter9Squirrels

I'm always delighted to see the angry customer as well.

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Very clever as usual, the first slide made me literally laugh out loud!

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeneral Tedd

I would be extremely interested to know how to sing 'Mad World' in a cheerful way o.0...I don't suppose you could put a recording up somewhere =P??

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPal

If you lot stateside think Mad World is disturbing try being bombarded with it through the xmas holidays, it was a christmas number 1 over here in the UK. Suicide rates jumped by 83 million percent - true story.

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

most amazing strip ever. I almost choked while laughing at the third panel.

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjakub

[Your] Tears of [my] joy. Love it, gonna use it :)

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDArtagnon

Panel 2 is just unbelievably accurate.
Damn, panel 3 is also unbelievably accurate.
By panel 4, I'm wondering if you have a surveillance operation running into my life.

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersimon

Ahh! This was great! Keep up the good work!

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHans

The Tears for Fears version of Mad World is disturbing with how cheery it is. The Gary Jules version (from Donnie Darko) fits the tone of the lyrics much better, I think.

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Why do I get the repeated feeling that you don't like your boss?

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEleanor

God, I hope he was at least singing the Tears for Fears version.

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKnastymike

If he's singing it cheerfully, it could be either version. The Tears for Fears version and Andrews/Jules version don't differ in lyrics, only presentation: one is sort of quirky and... confrontational? The other is very melancholy and reflective.

And yes, it was Christmas No. 1 here in the UK. It beat out "Christmas Time" by The Darkness. Last year's Christmas No. 1 was "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine... we are somewhat quirky about our music preferences here.

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBobisOnlyBob

"I don't usually complain about grammar..." (continuing) "but I'm about to." I love those who preface their spewings with disclaimers. "Not to be arguementative, but...I'm about to forcefully, and with extreme prejudice, pick at and destroy an insignificant point in your last statement." "No offense meant, but...I'm so going to offend you, your family, your country and your belief system with everything I say after this word starting...NOW!."

Thanks for the giggle, BWM!

September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAtheismo

I like how the guys in the first panel are looking at the word bubble for the song.

September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSumocat

last time angry guy was here (http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/7/28/how-to-deal-with-an-angry-customer.html) he was offered only a single twinkie. no wonder he feels insulted

--roger

September 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterirrogical

Scott, I love you even more after this Tears for Fears reference....(how'd you know Mad World is in my Top 10 favorite tunes of all time?!)

September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

panel 1 is complete win! :)

September 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterben

Got my 2 book I ordered. Loved the bonus, was not expecting it!

My wife is loving them.

If you are a Scott Meyer fan, buy his books. Just do it.


*no, I am not being paid to say this.

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

Tears for Fears reference. Well done.

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGiondi

And I am now listening to Mad World while laughing....

Yes, it is the melancholy version.

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFreeFall

"Good for them!" I am suppressing laughter right now

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEla

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