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From an LDS Comedian: The Curse of Being Too Happy


MR says: Most people would never consider being too happy a curse, but LDS comedian Jenna Kim Jones knows that happiness is not something typical in her profession. She also knows where her source of happiness comes from.

I am a stand-up comedian. When I first started out in the comedy world, I got teased all the time. Here’s why. I remember being at a comedy club years ago standing around waiting to perform when I struck up a conversation with a couple of other comics. They asked why I was hanging around the club. When I told them I was also a stand-up, they didn’t believe me. One of them said, “No, you’re not one of us. You are way too happy.”

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This accusation has followed me for years like a curse—the curse of being “too happy.”

The truth is, I am a very happy person. Whether it’s in a joke, a song, or something funny a friend said, I feel entitled to be happy.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “We were created with the express purpose and potential of experiencing a fulness of joy. Our birthright—and the purpose of our great voyage on this earth—is to seek and experience eternal happiness.”

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