Posted in Funny, Happiness on September 2, 2007 |
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I admit it. Even though I consider myself a very happy person, you might not know it if you met me on the street. I sometimes frown when lost in thought, even about something good, and often I look bored for no apparent reason. Yet I am very satisfied with my life overall and know that I am learning and growing every day. I feel content, and laugh easily at funny commercials, my pet’s antics or even at myself when I trip over my own feet.
So why didn’t my face know I was happy? This is one of the few things that still bothers me. If I don’t look happy, how will people know I’m happy? In the past I have practiced smiling, and it’s true, if you smile for no reason at all you will feel happier. By smiling your brain receives messages from you muscles that say “Hey, this is a response to something good, so something good must be happening.” (I’m smiling right now as I write this – I can’t help it, thinking of myself with a frowning face is too funny.)
I mention this because I think people I talk to about happiness (friends and family) might not believe me when I say I am very happy inside because of what I look like on the outside. Hopefully through this new blog, all of you lovely people out there will get to know me through my writing – and none of you can see my face. So let’s see what all of you think. Feel free to share your stories of happiness with me, and when you do I’ll assume you’re smiling too. :0)
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Posted in Funny, Upbeat thinking on September 2, 2007 |
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Too many people use humor as a weapon. They insult, belittle, demean, and use sarcasm as an attack. I’m not sure exactly when this type of humor became so popular. However it is now all over the place -especially on the Internet.
It’s not that I’ve never laughed at sarcastic humor; some of it is really funny. But I see a problem with the overwhelming tendency of many to rely on these types of comments as everyday humor. Snarky, snide comments that reveal little truth and seem instead to be merely a tool for a quick laugh. True comedy is truthful. It reveals life’s absurdities, idiosyncrasies, and the contradictions that occur everyday. At its best this type of comedy allows us to talk about uncomfortable subjects. It puts politically incorrect topics into the light and allows “taboo” subjects to be made fun of.
When used in moderation, this humor is funny, effective and insightful. When overused, it leads to lack of imagination, dull, repetitive insults, and even offensive personal attacks. With all the stupid, hurtful things people say in anger, this type of humor may add more fuel to the fire. I think it’s perfectly fine to use in a comedy club, but should we repeat these jokes elsewhere? Here is a very interesting article from John Kinde: Humor Skills – What people find offensive.
There are so many things in life that are funny simply for their uniqueness and rarity. Good comedy is more about people’s perspectives and their observations of life. I believe adding more positive humor in the world can only be a good thing. Uniting us together by looking at our similarities bonds us together and makes the joke even funnier. I believe in humor I can share with children and grandparents. Imagine using silliness, smiles and positive humor in the workplace, at home, at the store and elsewhere. Positive humor is easy to use, relieves stress and anxiety and can be used anywhere by anyone.
I’m very interested in your take on this subject. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
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