I Don’t Know Why but Today Seems like It’s Gonna Be a Great Day

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Let’s be honest: the past few weeks haven’t been good for me. It’s getting harder and harder to keep it together. Like Tim Curry said in RHPS, “Even smiling makes my face ache.”

I’m a melancholic personality; I know this. But waking up depressed every morning? Ain’t gonna cut it. True, I’m dealing with issues. My grandparents are dying. My career is a confused mess of rejection letters and possible copyright issues. My depression makes it hard to do, well, anything, so my house is a mess (as is my health). Plus, I feel like God is reading the newspaper somewhere and paying absolutely no attention to what’s going on down here.

There are those who would say, “But you have so many good things in your life!” In the thralls of depression, I want to smack the hell out of those people. Comments like that do not help. Depression has a way of making even the best things seem not so good. Depression has a way of sucking the good out of the great.

macklemore-ryanlewisIt’s ironic that within this month-long funk, I’ve been reading Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project. Ms. Rubin had an epiphany one day on a city bus: “The days are long, but the years are short.” She realized that time was passing, and she wasn’t paying enough attention to the important things—the things that make life great. In order to do so, she started a year-long “Happiness Project” to try to ramp up her joy and improve her quality of life.

This morning, I read the chapter called “Keep a Contented Heart.” One of the keys to this? Laugh out loud. As Rubin writes, “It’s easier to complain than to laugh, easier to yell than to joke around, easier to be demanding than to be satisfied.” It’s also easier to take ourselves too seriously—even take life too seriously, which is dumb, because life is hilarious. I can admit this, even when I’m depressed.

In honor of Rubin’s “Laugh out loud” philosophy (and in an effort to remove myself from the bottom of my self-centered, self-pity), I decided to watch some funny videos this morning.

Now, I share them with you, because it’s Monday, and frankly, maybe you feel like I do today. Maybe you feel life has been smashing you with a hammer. Maybe you’re neck-deep in despair. Fear not. And laugh.

Charlie the Unicorn.
A classic cartoon about a grumpy unicorn and Candy Mountain.

Louis CK talks about pot (explicit).
One of my favorite comics has an unfortunate weed experience.

“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore (explicit).
Cuss words, yes, but one of the funniest music videos ever.

Johnny Carson’s Copper Clappers.
The immortal late night classic.

“A Great Day” by Lonely Island.
A coked-up businessman starts his day with a song.

Author GK Chesterton said, “It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light.” For me, it’s easy to be depressed. It’s not so easy to find the bright side. Happiness takes work, but hey, let’s start with laughter. And after watching the above videos, I feel better already. How about you?

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12 thoughts on “I Don’t Know Why but Today Seems like It’s Gonna Be a Great Day

  1. ICharlie the Unicorn was wonderful. It made my day! Ever heard of laughing yoga? It exists. It seems that forcing laughter has the same effect as a genuine hee-hee-ho-ho. I’m going to watch the other videos later.

  2. My husband has bouts of depression— I call them his “blue days.” Reading your various blog entries about your own experience of depression helped me finally grasp what he goes through. He told me I had to thank you for that, from both of us. It has made a tremendously positive difference in our relationship. So thank you.

    • This comment truly warmed my heart, Alta. I’m so glad I could be of help to you and your hubbie. Depression is tough and very hard to understand from an outside perspective. I wish you all the best in your marriage, and let your husband know: he is definitely not alone.

  3. I used to wonder why every great faith has adherents that go about thanking G-d for every little thing, until I some pointed that living in a state of gratefulness is key to being happy. Those who follow no religion and don’t believe in higher powers can thank other people or themselves, but I found it really helpful, and try to remind myself to do it.
    *Thank you* for putting out what many of us know all too well.

  4. I understand these days far to well. (someone did not get out of her pjs today)
    🙂 Marching forward trying not to hit the head for its stupid depression!). Laughing is such a good medicine.

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