Posted in Family, Funny, Gratitude, Happiness, Smile File, Uncategorized, tagged Happiness, laugh, play, smile on June 21, 2010 |
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One of the benefits of a gratitude journal is that it helps you keep track of funny things, happy occasions and memories you want to keep. Here are some of the best moments from last week:
• Seeing a tiny baby bunny in the grass by the woods in the early morning.
• Watching fireflies glowing in the evening. It looks like my own personal 4th of July every night.
• Finishing some assignments that had been looming over me for the past month.
• Meditating for 20 minutes when I felt irritable and moody and feeling energized and calm after the meditation.
• Finding a used book I was looking for. Bonus – it was only $1.00.
• Finding a hilarious Hoops & Yoyo talking toy at the flea market. So fun to play with when you need a laugh.
• Having a coworker help me laugh my way into a better mood.
• Picked delicious red ripe raspberries for raspberry shortcake and vanilla ice cream.
• Having a good talk with my father for Fathers Day since he lives in another state.
• Wrote a fun birthday poem for a coworker. Had fun being a little creative.
Although there were lots of things that I didn’t get accomplished. (Like writing a blog article), and I didn’t complete my to-do list, I feel very good about this week. The key is to pay attention to the good things that happen. Writing a gratitude list helps you do that.
What were your best moments this week?
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As you may already know, April is National Humor Month. I haven’t been feeling quite so happy myself, so I conducted a little research online. There are loads of fun, playful, humorous people out there if you know where to look.
One of the first things I found was the National Humor Month web site of Steve Wilson. Steve Wilson is a great inspiration for humor. He is the found of the World Laugher Tour. The Laughter Tour’s mission is to bring health, happiness and peace through laughter. His Certified Laughter Leader Training is a program for professionals of all walks of life. Counselors, therapists, corporation CEO’s, anyone would wants to use the positive benefits of laughter in their life.
Another great hero of the ha-ha is Dr. Madan Kataria or Dr. K. He is the founder of the sensational Laughter Yoga. Based in India, this giggling guru teaches us all to let our laughter fly. His laughter clubs have spread throughout the world and have been featured on several TV shows and magazines. Laughter clubs are free for anyone to join, and if you have a lack of laughter in your life, joining with other funny folks can help you reconnect to the joy and passion of laughing for no reason at all.
Yet another fantastic place is Giggle Poetry.com. This silly site will have you chuckling in no time. Full of poems from great writers like Bruce Lansky, Kenn Nesbitt, and others, these witty rhyming romps will have you laughing and singing along. Try the Battle Hymn of the Repulsive by Michael Bowman (sung to the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic.) Or try Parent-Teacher Conference by Darren Sardelli. It will remind you of the ups and downs of school life. (And maybe make your own job seem just a bit better.)
Check out this article for more ideas to celebrate National Humor Month. The time is upon you to find your fun. Get out there and laugh your butt off!
Picture by American Toycoon
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Did you know that today is Caramel Popcorn Day, World Health Day and the much-loved No Housework Day? I am especially thrilled to celebrate the 3rd one, even though this year will be the first year I’ve officially celebrated. I mean how much more enjoyable is skipping the housework when you are actually doing it on purpose?
And it must have taken a meeting of super-geniuses to put National Humor Month and Stress Awareness Month in the same month. April also honors several other endeavors such as Poetry Month and Keep America Beautiful Month, plus the little known International Guitar Month. Find even more bizarre and weird holidays online at Holiday Insights.com. Perhaps a game of guitar hero to celebrate Guitar Month would be in order?
I’ve always loved the idea of finding a reason to celebrate each day. Many people talk about creating your own holiday. I absolutely love that idea, but sometimes we get so busy we can’t even think of our own name, much less a new idea to celebrate. Those hectic times are when we need to celebrate the most, so looking at the online calendar or joining Hoops & Yoyo for Sarcastic Wednesday is easy and fun.
I discussed International Fun at Work Day last week, which I am happy to report did raise my enthusiasm at work for the day. I practiced smiling more, told a few jokes, listened to music, walked during my break time, and made sure I took my breaks. The entire day was lighter, happier and more fun than normal.
That experience increased my attraction to wacky celebrations. Even if no one else joins you, it can be a lot of fun. For instance, Sarcastic Wednesday can be lots of fun if the other person doesn’t know what day it is. It brings to mind childhood fun like Opposite Day, or Pig Latin Day (okay that’s not an official day, but it’s certainly fun.)
Whatever festivities you choose to honor, you can definitely find a way to add more fun and laughter to your day. If you don’t agree, let me know on April 13th when I can blame someone else for the error.
P.S. Could there be a cooler picture for this article than Penelope Pitstop’s Compact Pussycat? It looks even cooler in real life than in the cartoons. Leave it to the UK to have such a super-cool car show.
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Today is International Fun at Work Day!!! Take time to celebrate. Check out PlayFair’s great ideas to have fun at work. If you missed out on the party today – just tell them tomorrow that it’s your make-up day. There are some more great ideas here and here. There’s lots of ideas – wear a funny shirt, have a dance competition, brighten up your desk with a funny poster, figure out nicknames for your team, or bring your pet to work (in pictures if pets aren’t allowed in the building.)
Of course most of us already know that today is April Fools Day. Today is also the start of National Humor month. April 1st is a great day to spring back into humor. Revitalize your laugh box, warm up your humor muscles.
If you have a serious case of Adultitis, you might want to visit Kim and Jason’s Escape Adulthood. If you don’t know what Adultitis is, it’s possible the disease has progressed to terminal seriousness. Be sure to check out the article “The Office Guide to Adultitis.” Visit your favorites like Michael, Dwight and Stanley to see how they rate on the Adultitis meter.
Many of us plod through our days, busily trying to complete ever-higher piles of paperwork while keeping on blinders on to the sunshine and laughter of the “outside world.” The problem is that this behavior robs us of joy, fun and creativity during half of our life! One can’t survive long in a no-fun zone. If the stress doesn’t kill you, you’ll could become a mindless zombie who is as good as dead anyway.
Instead try to incorporate some joy and entertainment in your day. Work hard AND play hard. Make sure to take your break time. Turn lunch time into recess. Visit Recess at Work to find great ideas to celebrate Recess at Work Day on June 17th. Try to do something fun everyday. If you have benches outside near a tree, consider putting up a bird feeder. Buy ice cream bars for a cool afternoon snack. Bring in fresh flowers or simply dress in all orange for the day. (Or you could dress in all blue so that whenever anyone asks how you are you can respond “I’m feeling a little blue today.”)
Check out this article to see How Zombies Can Learn to Have Fun. Look at funny pictures at Cute Overload and Awkward Family Photos. Use today to help keep that unspoken New Year’s resolution to “have more fun this year.” That’s one resolution that you’ll want to keep.
For a few more ideas try these spots:
Stress less at work.
Pranks for the workplace.
101 Ways to create humor at work.
Note: So many people find work miserable and unpleasant. If you can have fun there, you can have fun anywhere! Good luck!
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I have a problem. A serious problem. I am too serious. And I don’t like it! I like to laugh, joke and smile through my day. I enjoy debating the latest book I’m reading, a cool TV show or the newest movie. I like to be full of energy, enthusiasm and feel ecstatic throughout my day.
I recently realized anew that I am full of childlike wonder and sense of fun. I just had to dust myself off and look at my habits to find that humor again. If you want to join me in giggling, wiggling, dancing and prancing through your day, then keep reading.
We all face difficulties and disturbances of all kinds in our day. Sometimes these problems build up without our notice, leaving us suddenly fearful, angry or overwhelmed. When your life conspires to suck all the fun out of your day, fight back!
Start by assessing what you enjoy. Although the ideas I give here may not be your cup of tea, I hope they shake up your thinking and help you discover what brings you delight and joy.
I have many strategies for adding fun (and I’m always looking for more.) Here are a few of things I do to bring a little laughter, foolishness and chuckles to my day:
- Party cups. These are the plastic cups they have for children’s parties at Wal-Mart, Toys R’ Us and other stores. They are generally from the latest children’s movie or cartoon. I buy them and keep them in my cabinet to add a smile when I get a drink. Characters like Spiderman, Sponge Bob, Winnie the Pooh, Iron Man and Star Wars Clones.
- Humor folder. This is full of fun, creative things to do. It could be silly signs for work, knock-knock jokes, brainstorming ideas, meaning of life quotes, lists of way to improve your mood, using humor at work, etc. Obviously you can see that I need humor more often at work than at home. But all the ideas in the folder can be used almost anywhere.
- Wallpapers. Not the kind that go on your wall, but the kind that goes on your computer, phone, or other electronic device. Put a picture of a dog in a wig, or a smiling cow on your phone where you’ll see it every time you text or call. A kid covered in spaghetti sauce can make a great humorous computer background. Even though these are small things, they can add a smile to your day. Anytime you’re smiling is a good time.
- Talking toys. Recently I was in a thrift store that had a talking Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. The sayings weren’t even that great, but when you’re bored and press the button the funny accent makes you laugh. It was a great investment for a few dollars. I’ve had talking Buzz Lightyear, a cool Terminator, and the hilarious Tuck and Roll interactive dolls from A Bug’s Life. All were great conversation pieces, and even better, they made me laugh each time I touched them. (Note – talking toys that laugh and vibrate at the same time will really get you laughing. Check out this hilarious Laughing Dog Toy (love the name – Chuckle Buddies. Note the chimp is on sale for 1/2 off!)
- Ipod videos. This can be a great source of entertainment. Whether it’s a comedian routine like Eddie Murphy or some You Tube video of a kid dancing, these are great stress busters. Take an hour or so once a week and load 2-3 on there. When you’re stuck at the airport, in a traffic jam, or in a really long meeting, pull that sucker out and have a good laugh. (Just be prepared for the funny looks from people who have no idea what’s so funny.)
- Music. Music is a great mood lifter. It doesn’t matter what you like, it can break up tension. Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Country, Motown and more. I use music to relax, to exercise, to clean and to stop boredom. Try a variety for different moods. Add a few music videos too.
- Funky clothes. Wear t-shirts with funny sayings, polka-dot socks, character ties or colorful underwear. Wear all purple today, on put on a bright yellow shirt. You can wear sparkles; add iron-on decals, pink shoelaces, a glow necklace or a smiley face pin. Clothes can definitely change your mood, so a playful wardrobe can bring out a playful mood.
- Pens, post-its and paper. We use these things every day, so why not spice them up so you look forward to using them? Try colored pens like purple, turquoise and jade. Buy post-it notes with funny sayings or characters like Maxine from Hallmark. Use colored copy paper whenever you have a chance, it will really add pizzazz to those memos. If you insert a joke into your memo as well you’ll really find out who is reading them.
- Make scents. Use scents to liven up your environment. Essential oils can be relaxing or invigorating. At work try lemon, orange or eucalyptus. To relax try rose, lavender, chamomile or some other light floral scent. Experiment with lotions, pillow sprays, air fresheners and more. Even changing up your laundry detergent can brighten your day. Clothes smelling like a garden are infinitely more enjoyable than those smelling like bleach.
- Doodle. Try to revive the lost art of doodling. Letters, numbers, shapes, colored lines, whatever catches your fancy. Doodling gives your hands something to do, and can actually spark creative ideas.
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Posted in Funny, Odd stuff, Smile File, tagged fun, laugh, winter on February 17, 2010 |
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Sick and tired of snow yet? Is this a case of winter blues? Seems cabin fever really got to this guy. Or maybe someone was just really, really, bored.
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Daily living is hard. Times are tough. It’s a fact right now for many of us. In the face of financial hardships many of us feel anxious, fearful and overwhelmed. We all want to feel a return of hope, happiness, and most importantly – security.
One of the ways to brings ourselves closer to this goal is to focus on the good things we already have. It’s so easy to list all the problems in the world, the newspapers and TV remind us every day. But there are just as many positive things in our lives.
Here is a reminder of just a few of the good things we may overlook:
- Having a loving spouse. If your spouse makes you laugh, helps with the chores or surprises you with unexpected gifts, consider yourself blessed.
- Being healthy. Having a headache and feeling tired can add to our strain, but when compared with more serious conditions our complaints fall silent.
- A nice home. This can mean many things; an organized home, a clean home, a warm and cheerful home or a sanctuary from the outside world. If your home fulfills any of these you’re lucky. If it fills them all you can celebrate.
- Fun things. This could be cable TV, lots of books, dinner out, a movie, music, your pool, game systems like Xbox and PS3, etc. How about your computer? Things like Facebook, You Tube and other sites provide lots of entertainment.
- Nice clothes. When we have plenty of money we may not notice this, but having clothes that are comfortable, in our favorite color or style brings lots of happiness. Just think how much you enjoy your favorite pair of jeans, sneakers or PJ’s.
- Your car. Have you given thought to your car lately? Whether your car is old but dependable, or new and fast, a car that runs well and doesn’t need repairs is something to rejoice over these days. (Trust me on this; I’m just happy mine hasn’t needed anything in a couple of months!)
- Adorable pet. A soft cuddly friend who is always waiting for you with a wagging tail can be a real mood lifter on tough days. Take a minute or two and play with your four-legged friend and you’ll both benefit.
- Beautiful children. Don’t let stress stop you from enjoying your children. Before playing with your kids stop and relax for a few minutes. Let their laughter and silliness lighten your heart and bring a smile to your face.
- Sunshine and moonlight. Stars sparkling overhead like diamonds on black velvet. Golden sunlight gleaming on the blue water. Nature is all around us, beautiful and free.
There’s lots more things to appreciate, but you get the idea. Time is short. Days pass by much too quickly. There is as much joy, fun and happiness as there is misery, but it’s harder to find. You have to look for it. Don’t let the good moments pass you by.
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