The other day, when I was grocery shopping, I heard several people wish one of the workers a happy birthday over the loudspeaker. Personally, I find my birthdays to be a lot happier when I have the day off.
I am a skeptic. There is very little that I believe uncritically. <I exist. Other minds exist. My perceptions are generally meaningful and useful (they can successfully predict actions likely to lead to other perceptions.) Pleasure good; pain bad (this applies to other minds as well.)> Pretty much anything else, I will consider what it would mean if it were not true, even if I personally believe it to be true.