The Humor Blog for Well-Being

January 22, 2019

Falling Behind

To escape embarrassing questions, such as have you seen the latest exhibit at the bumptious museum, my family usually moves continents every few years. The problem is that we never stay long enough in any one place to learn local customs or practice regional idioms. For example, in Australia, I had been looking forward to using the expression crack a fat, but we moved before I had a chance to practice it. I’m sorry I can’t tell you what crack a fat means, but I can tell you that they recommend Crackiagra or Crackialis for it. In Melbourne, half the time I could not understand what people were telling me. In Nashville, Tennessee, nobody could understand what I was saying. I never heard the word WHAT in Southern drawl so many times. That prompted our move to Miami, where 156% of the population speak with a funny accent like mine, and the other 32% cannot do math. When I left Argentina in 1976, get this, the internet had not been invented, which meant that I could not easily keep up with gossip in my native country. This pretty much guaranteed cluelessness about all things Argentina, except news about the latest […]
January 18, 2019

Feeling Beneath

My palpitations could be heard from Key West. Cortisol flowed through my veins faster than a red Ferrari in Miami. My hands were cold. My mouth was dry. I started sweating. My chest was tightening. Judging from the way the conversation was going, I knew the question would come up any time now. I knew somebody at the party would ask me if I had read the latest book by Yuval Harari. These days, you really can’t go to the bathroom without the guy in the next urinal asking if you’ve read Harari’s work, which sends you scrambling to the nearest digital device to purchase his latest book on amazon, lest you are the last person to know that in 2045 Facebook will know the texture of your bowel movements. This pretty much sums up his latest book by the way. But the questions do not stop with Harari. Have I heard the latest version of the Opera Carmen by Teresa Berganza? Do I know the meaning of floccinaucinihilipilification (fläksəˌnôsəˌnīˌhiləˌpiləfiˈkāSHən), which means the act or habit of estimating something as worthless? Try pronouncing it. Feel worthless yet? I know my friends and acquaintances mean no harm, but every time I […]
January 13, 2019

Smart Objects, Dumb Subjects: Part II

Narcissists may not espouse any values other than self-admiration, but there are people who actually fervently believe in justice, fairness, and compassion, but behave in self-righteous ways that betray all the principles they seem to espouse. You can see them putting down colleagues in meetings or asserting their superiority on account of education or ACT, SAT, GRE, GPA, L-SAT, M-CAT, or FAQ-U scores. This is very common in institutions of higher education by the way. When you mix clueless with egotistical you suffer from people who talk forever, hog the mic, and bore the audience to tears with tired arguments that usually entail some self-aggrandizing BS. When they start talking, you can actually read bubbles on top of people’s heads: for how long is he going to talk about the same old BS now? This is usually accompanied by a collective sigh of resignation. This is not uncommon in faculty meetings by the way. Some unbearable people like to show their shiny new toys. These may vary from the new yacht to the new condo to the new watch to the new piece of art. They think everyone is interested in material things the way they are. Are they hiding […]
January 11, 2019

Perplexed? Depressed?

Are you perplexed? Are you depressed? Do not despair! We have a cure without negative side effects! Ora and I are super excited to share with you that our two new Laughing Guides are here. They will be published next week, earlier than we thought!! The books are: The Laughing Guide to Change: Using Humor and Science to Master your Behaviors, Emotions, and Thoughts, and The Laughing Guide to a Better Life: Using Humor and Science to Improve Yourself, Your Relationships, and Your Surroundings. Both books combine a heavy dose of humor with a good measure of science.  We did the writing, now you do the reading. To make sure people know about the books, we need your help. The best way to get the word out about new books is through reviews on amazon. If you are willing to write a brief review of either book on amazon, it would be just amazing! The books can be purchased either from amazon or directly from the publisher: Rowman and Littlefield. If you do, you can use the following 20% discount code: RLEGEN19 We very much appreciate your help! Isaac and Ora You can preview them at amazon
January 7, 2019

Smart Objects, Dumb Subjects: Part I

Smart classrooms. Smart cities. Smart houses. Smart phones. Smart watches. Smart TVs. Smart cars. Dumb people. They are everywhere. All of them. This is how historians will remember the 21st century: smart things, stupid people. Smart objects make life easier and better. With help from technology we can be more productive. Organizations can be more efficient. Wouldn’t it be nice if people contributed to our well-being as much as smart technologies do? It would, I know. But we seem to be investing so much more in smart gadgets than in smart people. How about a psychologically smart workplace, or an interpersonally smart partner? How about a smart team member, or a smart boss? To be perfectly clear, I am not talking about verbal or analytical smart, I’m talking about people smart, as in getting along with others and solving problems together. I’m talking about making life easier and better for everyone, not SAT, ACT, GRE, GPA, L-SAT, M-CAT or FAQ-U smart. Imagine what life and work would be like without narcissists, hypocrites, entitled, privileged, arrogant, conceited, haughty, egotistical, insufferable and clueless people. To make it easier, let me classify these qualities into two simple categories. The first nine attributes form […]

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