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Dear Happy Grandma,

Thank you very much for your note, writing sample and kind words about this column.

I’m always pleased to hear someone describe themselves as happy because it means, if true, that they have come to accept their lot in life and have found some peace and joy, and this suggests a life well lived. Wealth and fame might be nice but they can’t compare with happiness, peace and a clear conscience.

Your handwriting confirms your claim of happiness.

It rises from left to right and this shows optimism. You are cheerful and you always try to see the brighter side of any situation. You have faith in the future and are confident that your hopes and goals will turn out as planned. Your rising script also shows that you are ambitious and quickly stirred to action. You always try to escape from the demands of routine, so you are a fun person who is willing and anxious for new adventures.

Your writing slants to the right, Grandma, and this means that you are an emotional, friendly, kind and generous person. You are kind to others so you usually receive kindness in return. You are sociable, enthusiastic, affectionate and empathic, so most people take a liking to you quickly. This, of course, makes you feel good and contributes to your happy state of mind.

Your writing is rather small and this shows a high degree of concentration, realism, practicality, modesty and a distaste for boasting. You are studious, cautious, very bright, independent, conscientious, tolerant and good at taking care of details.

Your writing, Happy, is legible and connected so I know you are sincere, sympathetic and cooperative. You have a strong desire for clear communication and understanding, and feel the need to be straightforward and honest. People trust you.

At times you feel self-conscious and suffer guilt and self persecution from your limited belief system. Your code of ethics is restricted (like old time values) and it is difficult for you to accept new religious or moral concepts. You are persistent in your beliefs and in your determination to do what you believe you should do and this gives you satisfaction and happiness. Congratulations!

Grandma, I hope you will continue to be happy and to share your positive attitude with others.

Good Luck!

Dr. Murray is a certified writing analyst, graduate of the International Graphoanalysis Institute and a member of the American Association of Handwriting Analysts. He is also an experienced educator, school social worker and family therapist in Forest Park. If you would like to have your handwriting analyzed, send a sample of your writing on unlined paper. Please state your age and sex and any specific questions you would like addressed in the analysis. Send to: James Murray, Wednesday Journal, 141 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302. Your name will not be used.