Over the last few days I’ve broken out of some of my old routines. I have stopped spending much time on social media. I have quit watching news videos on youtube and have even shut off my internet news feed. I’m trying to break the cycle of sleeping so much. And most importantly, I have taken the time to watch some comedy videos on youtube.
I think one of my biggest problems over the last several months was I wasn’t taking any time to unwind and relax. I have been so focused on how unhappy and angry many people in my life have been that I forgot to relax. I think that far too many people are wound up for too much of the time. I think there really isn’t enough humor and laughter, at least not in recent months. Too many people spend way too much time worrying about things they simply cannot control. Are you worried about terrorism? You’re much more apt to be killed by a drunk driver or die from falling in the shower than you are from a terrorist attack. Are you worried about climate change? There are probably hundreds of thousands of scientists and engineers working on practical solutions and alternatives to polluting energy while all you can probably do by yourself is drive less and recycle your aluminum cans. Are you worried about some drug resistant super bug decimating our species? Scientists and doctors all over the world are actually working on solutions while all you do is fret over the latest news reports.
In short, worry by itself is good for nothing. That’s why I decided to stop watching current events type things and dystopian science fiction, which is most science fiction anymore, and find comedy videos on youtube. Been watching a lot of Richard Pryor, Bill Hicks, Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart, and John Oliver the last several days. I have also watched some old Penn and Teller shows. I have found that I can handle some current events and news if mixed in with healthy doses of humor and satire. And let’s face it, a lot of what has been going on the last several months looks like episode scripts that were too outlandish even for South Park. And I doubt that I’m the only person who hasn’t resorted to humor to help deal with difficulty. There are reasons that The Daily Show and Last Week Tonight are as popular, if not more so, than some news shows on traditional cable news networks.
And I think the renewed focus on humor and happiness is beginning to pay off. I haven’t really felt depressed or irritable for a few days. I’m not eating as much fast food. I’m going to bed earlier. And I’m not worrying about things and other people as much. I just feel like I have a better quality of life overall these last few days. And it’s mainly because I sought out reasons to laugh again.