8The Law of Mood Memory

“Nothing helps a bad mood like spreading it around.”

—Bill Watterson, cartoonist and creator of “Calvin & Hobbes”

Elaine, one of my roommates during college, always tried to be a great friend. She would go out of her way to do nice things, bringing me soup whenever I felt sick, checking up on me twice a day if I was going through a rough patch with a guy I was dating, and so on. I genuinely wanted to reciprocate, but somehow my attempts never seemed good enough for her. She had a very strict image of what a good friend was, how a good friend should act, and what a good friend needed to do. She was incredibly demanding of her friends and she expected them, unequivocally, to go as far out of their ways for her as she did ...

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