The Humor Blog for Well-Being

June 2, 2016

Graduation: The Light Side

Education is essential for well-being. College graduates earn more money, live longer, and are healthier than school drop-outs. This is why graduation ceremonies are such a big deal. It is really important to celebrate this great educational achievement. During May, thousands of students and parents celebrated an important milestone in their lives. In a rapidly changing world, graduation ceremonies around the country remain a well-established tradition. Some things never change in college graduations: 99% of the graduating girls will have to see a podiatrist after wearing high heels designed for masochists. 100% of 7/11 stores will run out of beer. 99% of commencement speakers will say one or more of the following: I had to go to school uphill both ways When I went to school “cut and paste” hadn’t been invented Turn off your cell phone and smell the roses Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet Change, change, change Change the world Inspiration Entrepreneurship, technology, start up Within you Never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever give up Integrity, serenity, sorority, fraternity, liberty, plasticity, creativity, identity, solemnity, curiosity and many other words ending in “ity.” 99% of the graduating students will not hear […]
May 31, 2016

Meeting Mortification

Mastering interactions is basically about two things: expressing your ideas respectfully, and listening attentively. During my career I have been in too many meetings where people had no idea about either of them. In one corner, you usually have the rantologist who, no matter what the topic is, will always rant about his pet peeve. In the other corner, you have the sorryologist, who cannot stop apologizing for his existence. Instead of talking about substance, he spends most of the time apologizing for expressing an opinion. Then you have the repeatologist, who must repeat everything four times to feel satisfied. And then there is me, going crazy.   Order now: The Laughing Guide to Well-Being: Using Humor and Science to Become Happier and Healthier
May 23, 2016

Millennial Chutzpah

Coping with assertive family members has been excellent training for dealing with students. The other day, and this is a true story, I received an email from a student at another university telling me that his psych professor had assigned them a paper that I had written for them to critique. The student had the chutzpah of asking me to write a few points critiquing my own bloody paper! I hadn’t heard such chutzpah since the son who killed his parents asked the judge for leniency because he was an orphan.   Order now: The Laughing Guide to Well-Being: Using Humor and Science to Become Happier and Healthier
May 18, 2016

Family Democracy

When I was building my family, I was all for promoting self-expression. I was all for women’s liberation and children’s liberation. I wanted my wife and son to feel free to express their views and feelings. BIG MISTAKE! As a result of my foolishness, I have spent the last thirty years surrounded by overly assertive family members who challenge my every word, question my judgment, and want me to experiment with colors other than brown. Our son never had a thought that didn’t find its way into his mouth. My wife, in turn, never had a grievance she didn’t express. Oh, the joys of democracy. But I have to admit that both have made me a better person: more empathic, more sensitive, more egalitarian, more democratic, more in tune with my feelings. So much so, that I can never speak to male friends anymore. So much so, that every major decision in the house, like the color of my underwear, requires a meeting with minutes and secret ballot. Order now: The Laughing Guide to Well-Being: Using Humor and Science to Become Happier and Healthier
May 11, 2016

Personal Responsibility

I came to this country because I thought that personal responsibility was big here. Instead, I found a bunch of low performing, mediocre politicians, professionals and celebrities ready to blame the world but themselves for their shortcomings. No wonder that the totally politically incorrect Amy Chua is gaining traction. The author of Battle Hymn for the Tiger Mother and The Triple Package (with hubby Jed Rubenfeld) claims that success relies on three characteristics: impulse control, feelings of inferiority, and feelings of superiority. I think I’m going to join the Amy Chua movement of sadomasochist believers in high expectations. I already fulfil two of her requirements. In fact, I invented impulse control and feelings of inferiority. I’m working now on feelings of superiority, but it’s not going well. Nobody believes me. Order now: The Laughing Guide to Well-Being: Using Humor and Science to Become Happier and Healthier

Subscribe to Going Wellnuts: The Humor Blog for Well-Being

Learn about the Truth on Wellness and Fairness.