Why So Serious?

Try not to take yourself too seriously.

Try not to take yourself too seriously, because time spent laughing and authentically smiling (i.e. when you don’t have to think about it, when you just find yourself smiling-without consciously telling the muscles in your face to configure a smile) is of a higher quality than time spent being angry or too serious.  Do silly things, wear funny clothes, and make people laugh. What is the point of being the same carbon copy as everyone else? We don’t need more monotony in the world. Try and get someone else to smile today, when they would not have otherwise been smiling, just for sake of it!

It is important to emphasize,  I am not saying don’t work hard. So, let me just nip that in the butt before you think I am saying don’t work hard. I am saying, it is important to keep things in perspective. People work their entire life with the intention to stop working one day, retire, and then proceed to begin enjoying their life. I am suggesting to enjoy your life now, in the present, while working. Just sprinkle in laughter, smiling, and things that you really enjoy (see previous post on Flow States). Additionally, if you do not practice what it means to live presently and experience joy and laughter now, you will not be capable of doing once you reach retirement. We are what we repeatedly do. So, in order to enjoy your life later, enjoy your life now. It sounds simple, but it is hard to do. It must be intentionally practiced.

If everyone took themselves less seriously, together we would decrease the collective seriousness of our peers, and therefore, live a more enjoyable life. The fastest way to increase the temperature of an ice bath is to add ice cubes. Ice cubes are more effective in decreasing the temperature of the water, in contrast to large blocks of ice, because collectively the smaller cubes add up to a larger surface area, and therefore cool the water faster. Rather than living in prolonged chunks of anger and seriousness (large chunks of ice), it is more effective to engage in joy and laughter in smaller bouts (ice cubes) throughout your time. If this is practiced, those in our small little worlds will lead a more enjoyable life.

Go out and make somebody smile today. And always remember - not taking yourself too serious will provide you with a happier life and a colder ice bath.