I’m in a mood. A silly mood. Okay, not really. I’m actually feeling grumpy but I want to feel silly and lighthearted and goofy. Grumpy Cat may amuse me, although Max is still the feline that reigns supreme around here, I don’t like being cranky. So whenever I turn grumpy and no one wants to listen to me whine about dumb stuff (like Max puking last Saturday), I go to Pinterest and look at animals and memes. Obviously, I am easily amused.
5 Things I Do to Find My Happy Place Again
I like real happiness, not manufactured happiness or the fake-it-until-you-make-it happiness, but pure happiness where I no longer feel the weight of the world on my shoulders. Or worry about whether Emperor Baby Fists will only get one scoop of ice cream for dessert and accidentally on purpose nuke California for being full of huge, blue liberal snowflakes who don’t understand his macho locker room talk and enjoy Mexican food made by Mexicans. ? See, just writing that makes me feel a bit happier.
Hug a Cat. Smooch a Cat. Pet a Cat. And Scratches Fade.
Now Max is a good boy. All his scratches on me are accidental. The scratches on my bench are not. A stern Mama would probably not just curl into a ball and whimper over them but I’m not made of stern-stuff. I’m more full of fluff. Or perhaps potatoes. Regardless, when I’m unhappy, sad, cranky, moody, upset, weepy, miserable, angry, full-on crazy — Max always makes me feel better. Not because he’s a dog who will come running to soothe any hurts when called (as all good dogs should do) but because he is indifferent and makes me beg for attention. So when he chooses to snuggle, I know it’s because he truly wants to be next to a seething, weepy, crazy person and not because he has Good Boy DNA.
Max likes to snuggle with me while I read, which makes me so happy, even though he has a Jesus take the wheel look on his face.
Watch Something Hilarious
I find funny in books sometimes rubs me the wrong way, whereas I am less irritated by silliness in movies. I can’t explain this. This is just something one accepts. So when I’m feeling blue or simply want to get my laugh on, I watch something funny. And not something classy funny, like a Jennifer Anniston movie. Nope. I watch something full of stupid, potty humor and fart jokes because stinky is just how I apparently roll.
Some of you are laughing with me, whether you want to admit it or not. Others of you have lost a teeny tiny bit of respect for me. That’s cool. I accept that as a reasonable outcome.
Plan a Trip or Special Purchase
Now this is not advocating mindless spending or a YOLO lifestyle where you treat hurts with prizes. This is instead planning for something to look forward to in the future that distracts you and occupies your mind with something pleasant. In fact, I strongly recommend people avoid getting in the habit of treating themselves with food or stuff to feel better when upset (hello debt and thunder thighs), but to instead think about something you truly want for yourself, whether it’s a vacation or a pair of new flip flops. I research, I admire, I dream and forget about what’s making me feel bad and look forward to my new shoes or trip instead.
Stare at Cute Animal Pictures until You Feel Mushy Inside
Seriously, how can you not feel better after looking at these?
Funny Memes to the Rescue
Listen, somebody spends a lot of time making these. The least you can do is enjoy them.
You could easily replace Miami with California and Canada with Minnesota and it would still be true! It remains a point of pride with me that I never (or very rarely) turn the heat on.
I don’t currently do this but I might just start.
It feels as though I ask for this timeout a lot and it started on January 20, 2017.
Funny certainly makes me laugh and can get me out of a dark mood but what truly makes me feel better is hope. And the above gives me hope: there are still plenty of good, human beings in this world who care and help one another out because it’s what decent people do.
Peace on Earth; Goodwill to Bunnies (and People too)
So let’s all be decent people and spread some cheer because you never know who’s feeling a little cranky and could use a good laugh or some hope.
Happy Easter to those who celebrate and if you’re still in need of some recipe inspiration for your celebration, I’ve got some yummy recommendations for you! I already got a jumpstart on my celebration and made lemon bars … for me. #SorryNotSorry
What do you do when you’re feeling grumpy?