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Need A Reason To Smile?: Quotes and Videos To Brighten Your Day

Updated on September 3, 2015

Having a bad day?

Bad days happen to the best of us. These can be inspired by a poor night of sleep, a flat tire on the way to work, or even an unhappy boss who doesn't like your latest project contribution. As a result, certain days require the intentional infusion of humor in order for them to improve. Adding humor to your day could be as simple as looking at a few comic strips over your lunch break, or even calling up the funniest person you know.

Whatever you do, it is important to act and find something or someone who makes you laugh. According to an article found online at, laughter "lowers blood pressure and reduces stress hormone levels," as well as "produces a general sense of well-being." If this isn't reason enough to seek more levity in your day, think back to the last time you laughed so hard your abdominal muscles hurt afterwards and remember the feeling of relief you experienced afterwards.

One of the advantages of having the technology we do is that is isn't hard to find a favorite humorous movie clip online if this is what the doctor ordered. Everyone's preferences in the humor department vary somewhat; for this reason, I don't expect that all readers of this hub will agree with me that Monty Python skits make me want to roll with laughter. Regardless your preferences in this area, a quick online search for silly videos may help add an element of goofiness to your day.

When is the last time you made a silly face?
When is the last time you made a silly face? | Source

Still another way to add humor into your day is by making silly faces whenever you start to feel stressed. Please keep in mind this might seem like the most unhelpful solution initially, yet it's amazing how much your mood can lighten when you are sticking your tongue out at an imaginary someone. Plus, if you don't feel like making silly faces, you can always look online for images of others making silly faces. One of my favorite pick-me-up moves is looking at goofy pictures of my nieces and nephews when frustrated. While doing this doesn't change the circumstances I am frustrated about, it does help lighten my mind and make me better equipped to fix whatever is vexing me.

Still another way to help improve your mood when things aren't going your way is to try to see the humor in the situation. This can mean anything from joking about the fact you aren't about to become the next Rachael Ray when you burn a batch of chocolate chip cookies to observing how ridiculous you look trying to change a tire in your nice work clothes.

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Silly Things
Which Can Make
You Smile Or Laugh
Yawning puppies
Doing a silly dance
The silly things children say
Babies napping in odd places
Wearing a clown costume
The silly things adults
Cats who fit in cups
Making faces in the mirror
say without intending to

One way to help bring laughter into a less-than-perfect day is to find friends to laugh with. This seemed so easy to do as children, and therefore as adults we should make the extra effort to find those we can laugh with.

Not only is it wise to insert more silly and whimsical moments into a day which could be improve, it is also important to approach life with a more playful attitude. As author Bob Goff once wrote, “Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something more people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget. Their dreams become one of those ‘we’ll go there next time’ deferrals. The sad thing is, for many there is no ‘next time’ because passing on the chance to cross over is an overall attitude toward life rather than a single decision. They need a change of attitude, not more opportunities.”


Laughter is as essential to life as water, air, food, and rest. It helps us to understand that life often shouldn't be taken so seriously, and it also helps us cope when tragedy or adversity strikes. Even if these quotes, photos, and videos have failed to make you laugh, I hope you can find someone or something to make you laugh very soon.


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