100 Words: The Germ


She had heard that this germ could be caught. She was not very sure of the details. But somewhere deep within she had the means to fight it. Every time it threatened to creep up and catch her unawares, she found resources to tackle it. It didn’t matter what the price was – she was not going to get infected.

However, as she grew older her defenses crumbled. Fighting this virus was costing her too much.

It wasn’t worth it. She succumbed. She caught the germ.   The germ of happiness.  Now there’s no turning back. She’s L-positive. Happy for life.



For years, I found ways not to be happy. Somewhere deep within my psyche there was a resistance to happiness. With the passing of time and painful experiences that forced me to grow, I began to stop resisting happiness. As Pearl Buck said: Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

Are you resisting happiness?

May you be inspired – every day!

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  1. Send the germ over to me :) lovely…
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  2. Jan Neel

    This is so great, I did fight happiness, I have written of it on one blog post or another, I didn’t feel as though I had a right to be happy. I fought long and hard to stay miserable, what WAS I thinking????I love to smile I love to see the smiles of others….Life is a joy!
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  3. The Social Frog

    Great post! I think sometimes I do but it is rare.
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  4. I truly enjoyed this :D I recently contracted a virus (I hope it gets quarantined before I pass it to others)…

    If it’s the germ of happiness then I wish to have it :P… You’re really good at 100 words BS :D

  5. What a fun 100 word post! Great job with this :) Cheers, Jenn.
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  6. This has so infected me! :) What a positive post, Corinne!
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  7. I have caught TOO many of those germs.. GOD save me now.. from infecting everyone else.. with them!! Atisssssssssshhhhoooo!!! There u go! :)
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  8. Sigrid Rogowski

    Thanks for the post Corrine. You made my day.
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  9. Gosh, I’m like that too. I get happy for a moment then I quickly remind myself of all the things I can worry about:)
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  10. I want to be infected too! What a beautiful story, Corinne. I think we all resist happiness. I know I do. Whenever I am happy I have this fear that it will be taken away from me and in so doing I ruin those moments of happiness.
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  11. Nice. I already got the bug, I’m L-positive. I hope it’s an epidemic.

    Good writing Corinne!
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  12. This was so clever! I love it! Brilliantly done. ♥

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  13. Truly infectious!!

    Loved reading it :)
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  14. Janaki Nagaraj says:

    Lovely…I feel infected too :)

  15. You know Corrinne? I’m certainly now a BIG fan of the 100 words post!!! I love it!!
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  16. Sayantan says:

    The germ is so contagious Corrine…thanks for spreading it across! God bless!

  17. That’s one germ that I need to hold on to! Many say that happiness is a choice and I’m beginning to believe that they are correct. Thanks for spreading the germ sweet sister!
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  18. I’ve done this at various times in my life. I’m learning to just let the “illness” take over, though. :)
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  19. Corinne, we should all be so lucky as to catch this germ! ha! I do not resist happiness. On the contrary, I embrace it. With every fiber of my being. Because I know it’s transitory and fleeting. And because it’s our right as divine beings to be content. I’m so glad you no longer resist happiness. I can’t think of anyone more deserving than you, my friend! :)
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    • Such a beautiful comment, Bella – it had to be yours! Yes, we must embrace happiness with all of our being. I’ve learned to glean happiness from the ‘worst’ of situations and it’s amazing how it changes our perspective on things! Everyone deserves happiness, dear Bella! ♥

  20. I love this! How creative, and yes I caught the happiness germ! Woo hoo :D

  21. L-Positive. I love that! Great, great story. :)
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  22. Yep! It’ll be right there waiting until you say yes to it! Best to say yes sooner rather than later!

  23. Sometimes … sometimes … but most of the time I can’t resist it since naturally I am a happy person …
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  24. That’s great. Thank you for sharing.

  25. can u plz forward that germ to me ;)
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